Our impact, their voices

2020

  1. © ILO 2020

    Hope and better prospects for a former bonded labourer in Nepal

    09 January 2020

    Hundreds of former bonded labourers in western Nepal are benefiting from vocational training under an innovative International Labour Organization scheme. Birendra Chaudhary, now a fully trained and well-paid plumber, is one of them.

  2. © ILO Ship to Shore Rights 2020

    How an ILO Protocol has helped combat forced labour in Thai fishing

    06 January 2020

    Since Thailand ratified the International Labour Organization’s 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention (P29), conditions for workers in the country’s seafood and fishing industry have improved. The ILO’s Ship to Shore Rights project has supported the Thai government in implementing the changes.

2019

  1. Sweet dreams are made of sugar and spice

    03 December 2019

    The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs: Women of the Northern Province are stimulating a culture of entrepreneurship

  2. Water is wealth for Sri Lankan farmers

    05 November 2019

    The legacy of conflict combined with climate change brought drought and impending disaster to northern Sri Lankan farmers. An ILO project helped to restore water and put them back on the road to a more prosperous life.

  3. We also have dreams

    25 October 2019

    This is a video documentary about the entrepreneurship journey of three transgender persons. It is part of the ILO’s campaign to promote equal employment opportunity for all, including transgender persons.

  4. The power of small: Unlocking the potential of SMEs

    21 October 2019

    Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises are responsible for more than two thirds of all jobs worldwide. Explore this InfoStory to find out how the ILO is supporting SMEs to reach their full potential and securing a better future of work for everyone.

  5. Better labour inspection cuts abuses in the Thai fishing sector

    21 October 2019

    The ILO is training labour inspectors in Thailand as part of a project to prevent and reduce unacceptable forms of work in the country’s fishing and seafood industries.

  6. Beyond the glass ceiling: Why businesses need women at the top

    02 October 2019

    Women are better educated and more active in the labour force than ever, and are increasingly working in managerial roles. Yet despite these gains, their representation in top positions in business still lags behind that of men.

  7. © Robert Scoble 2020

    Paving the way to inclusive rural development in Timor-Leste

    05 September 2019

    Timor-Leste needs to promote sustainable, inclusive employment and growth in its rural areas, where 70 per cent of the population live, if it is to achieve its development targets. To help, an ILO infrastructure project is finding work for women and those with disabilities in the agro-forestry sector.

  8. A greener life is a rosier one, thanks to mushrooms

    04 September 2019

    The UN Climate Action Summit (23 September) will consider the social and economic consequences of moving to a more sustainable economy. Without proper planning millions of livelihoods – particularly of poor and vulnerable workers – are threatened. An ILO project in Bangladesh has shown that the right policies can protect the environment, improve workers’ lives and promote a greener economy.