1. Promoting Decent Work for People with Disabilities: A Path to Decent Work and Inclusive Societies

    14 July 2009

    Since 2002, in more than seven countries in East and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific the ILO has partnered with Irish Aid to provide a path to decent work and more inclusive societies for people with disabilities. The ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme supports the development and reform of disability-related laws and policies and their effective implementation, and the inclusion of women and men with disabilities in mainstream programmes and services on vocational training, employment, entrepreneurship development and micro-finance. The following pictures illustrate how removing the barriers to services and opportunities help disabled people obtain decent work and a better life.

  2. Health and life at work: A basic human right

    27 April 2009

    The ILO estimates that each year about 2.3 million men and women die from work-related accidents and diseases including close to 360,000 fatal accidents and an estimated 1.95 million fatal work-related diseases. The protection of the worker against sickness, disease and injury arising out of his employment - is not only a labour right but a fundamental human right and is one of the main objectives of the ILO as stated in its Constitution. Therefore, the ILO contribution to the recognition of human rights in the world of work is clearly reflected in the fundamental principles of its labour standards.

  3. 90 years working for social justice : A photographic history of the ILO

    16 April 2009

    Illustrating the wide-reaching and varied work of the ILO, these images chart some of the major challenges the Organization has faced, and show how it has adapted and evolved over the years to remain relevant and influential throughout massive social and technological shifts.


  1. Slideshow - Rights, jobs and social security: New visions for older women and men

    27 October 2008

    Increases in life expectancy involve many changes. In absolute terms this is a sign of progress. The majority of the world's population, however, does not have entitlements to any form of old-age pension. This means that for many persons living longer also means living with scarcity for longer periods of time. Poverty in old age is a key issue of concern.

  2. Slideshow - Getting ships in shape

    09 October 2008

    In response to an oil spill that fouled the west coast of France in 1978, European ministers took decisive action to establish a regional system for inspections of foreign ships in 1982. Yet the growing numbers of ship detentions in many ports worldwide show the continuous need for a global system of regular port inspections. From 22-26 September, more than 300 government, ship owner and seafarer representatives met at the ILO to adopt new guidelines on port state control under the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006. In this special report, ILO Online shows how inspections work and why they are needed.

  3. Slideshow - Remove the obstacles ! On the right track to equality

    10 September 2008

    Since 1919, the ILO has sought to guarantee labour rights and improve working conditions for women and men. 50 years ago, in 1958, the International Labour Organization adopted the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (C.111), still the most comprehensive and dedicated international instrument on non-discrimination and gender equality in the world of work.

  4. Breaking gender barriers for young women and men

    11 August 2008

    One billion young people will reach working age within the next decade. Providing them with the opportunity to secure productive employment and decent work is a societal, national and global challenge. It is no wonder that youth employment is listed high on the international community's agenda. This is the best educated and best trained generation of young men and especially young women ever. Youth employment: Breaking gender barriers for young women and men is the third theme of the gender equality at the heart of decent work campaign.

  5. Slideshow - Women's entrepreneurship development: Promotes gender equality, reduces poverty and empowers women

    21 July 2008

    The ILO, in partnership with Irish Aid, promotes women's entrepreneurship development and enhances employment opportunities for women, including women with disabilities or living with HIV/AIDS, through business knowledge and training; promoting and facilitating access to micro-finance institutions; facilitating access to markets through trade fairs and exhibitions; and, voice and representation through the strengthening of women entrepreneurs' networks and groups. In 2007 alone, over 3,000 women in Eastern Africa benefited from the ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme. Their personal stories are highlighted in the narratives accompanying the following photographs.

  6. Slideshow - Protect the future: Maternity, paternity and work

    11 July 2008

    Safe maternity is at the core of life itself, for mothers, infants and communities. For working women - whether it is their active participation in labour markets, the vital unpaid work they conduct at home or various forms of atypical or self-employed work - balancing maternity and family responsibilities with work imperatives is at the root of their crucial roles.

  7. Slideshow - "Confronting Climate Change": How cooperatives contribute to meeting today's challenges

    04 July 2008

    Ranging from small-scale to multi-million dollar businesses, cooperatives employ today some 100 million women and men in both industrialized and developing countries, and have more than 800 million individual members across the globe. 'Concern for community' is one of the Cooperative Principles which guides the work of cooperatives around the world. Celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July, the 14th UN International Day of Cooperatives focuses this year on the significant contribution that cooperatives can make to mitigating climate change. In the context of climate change and food price rises, cooperatives do play a role in rural areas around the world. The following pictures highlight not only how cooperatives reduce carbon emissions, but also promote sustainable development in general.