13 June 2008
The first theme of the Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work Campaign focuses on providing decent childhoods for girls and boys. Education for all is the key to development, but there are many barriers, including poverty, children having to work, limited access to education, gender preference to give an education to a son instead of a daughter when having to make a choice, and girls having to take on many household chores with little time left to study. But empirical evidence has shown that educating girls is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty and to break through the vicious circle of women's poverty, illiteracy and poor working conditions.
28 April 2008
Every year more than 2 million people die from occupational accidents or work-related diseases. "Injury and disease are not 'all in a day's work'", says ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. "Fatalities, accidents and illness at work can be prevented. We must promote a new 'safety culture' in the workplace - wherever work is done - backed by appropriate national policies and programmes to make workplaces safer and healthier for us all." The promotion of occupational safety and health is one of the means to make Decent Work a global reality.
10 March 2008
The Global Employment Trends for Women 2008 report of the ILO shows that in 2007, 1.2 billion women around the world worked, almost 200 million or 18.4 per cent more than ten years ago. But the report also highlights that the share of vulnerable employment, although decreasing from 56.1 to 51.7 between 1997 and 2007, continues to be higher for women than for men, especially in the world's poorest regions. The ILO celebrated International Women's Day to highlight the theme that Investing in Decent Work for women is not just right, but smart!
05 March 2008
Promoting equality is not only a matter of human rights, but it also makes good economic sense. Empowering women goes beyond the intrinsic value for women themselves, and has profound impacts on families,communities,national economies.The ILO supports several micro-finance programmes for gender equality and the empowerment of women.