1. © Ismail Ferdous 2024

    “So we exist”: A photo exhibition shedding light on workers in the shadows

    15 July 2015

    On the occasion of the conference on 'Regulating for Decent Work' from 8-10 July 2015, the ILO is hosting an exhibition by Bangladeshi photojournalist Ismail Ferdous.

  2. Signing up to end modern slavery

    01 June 2015

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, was joined by delegates to the International Labour Conference, in signing a signature panel symbolizing support for the 50 for Freedom campaign to end modern slavery. The campaign has the goal of encouraging 50 member States to ratify, by 2018, the Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention.

  3. © Ji Kun 2024

    Picture a world without decent work: A graphic story

    22 May 2015

    Hundreds of amateur and professional artists around the world responded to a call to create images with the theme “Work right!” for a poster competition in which the ILO participated on the judging panel.

  4. © Gates Foundation 2024

    Women at work: 20 years of progress and challenges

    08 March 2015

    Globally, only about half the world’s women are in the labour force, compared to nearly 80 per cent of men – a figure basically unchanged in 20 years. A large gender pay gap hasn’t narrowed much, with women still earning on average 23 per cent less than men. And new evidence is emerging that mothers suffer a wage penalty, often over and above the gender pay gap.


  1. © Nadia Bseiso / ILO 2024

    A day in the life of a migrant worker

    18 December 2014

    To mark International Migrants Day on December 18, the ILO Regional Office for Arab States’ Migration and Governance Network (MAGNET) has teamed up with photographers Leila Alaoui and Nadia Bseiso to follow non-Arab migrant workers in the Middle East who spend their limited time off making a difference in their communities. The images, from Lebanon and Jordan, shed light on how these migrant workers cook, compete, worship, organize and learn from each other to better their lives and lobby for their rights.

  2. © M Reza Faisal 2024

    ILO contribution to South-South cooperation for development

    19 November 2014

    The ILO Solution Forum held during the Global South-South Development EXPO2014 shed light on Sustainable Development practices and Decent Work through South-South and triangular cooperation in the framework of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Here are some examples of how South-South cooperation supports good practices and scalable solutions related to social protection floors, the eradication of child labour, the social and solidarity economy, and fragile States.

  3. © Evan Schneider / UN 2024

    Empowering rural women

    15 October 2014

    The International Day of Rural Women recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” The International Labour Organization (ILO) marks this day by showing what it does to help empower rural women around the world through helping them gain access to work that is just, decent and sustainable. The ILO maintains a team of over 50 development focal points to better integrate decent work into rural economic development.

  4. © Arne Hoel / World Bank 2024

    Decent Work at heart of UN development goals

    19 September 2014

    At the September UN General Assembly in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon will present his report on the current MDGs and look ahead to post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of the 17 proposed new goals includes full and productive employment and decent work for all, which is at the heart of the ILO’s mandate and is critical to ending poverty. However, ILO priorities are reflected in many of the other 17 new proposed SDGs.

  5. Nelson Mandela and the ILO

    18 July 2014

    The ILO joins the international community to mark Nelson Mandela Day and celebrate the life of the inspirational South African leader on the date of his birthday, July 18.

  6. © Tabitha Ross/ILO 2024

    Syrian refugee children at work… and in a play

    25 June 2014

    Abject poverty is forcing many Syrian refugee families to send their children to work. In Lebanon, host to over a million refugees from Syria, current and former child labourers held a musical and theatrical performance to mark World Day against Child Labour.