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Media advisory

ILO World of Work Summit and visits of the Presidents of Nepal, Malta and Mauritius

Media advisory | 13 June 2017
GENEVA (ILO News) – This year’s International Labour Conference will hold a World of Work Summit on Thursday, 15 June to discuss how to shape a better future for women at work.

A recent ILO-Gallup report, based on a survey of 142 countries and territories, shows that women want to work in paid jobs but there remains a significant gap between women’s aspirations and the labour market reality.

A High-Level Panel will take place in the Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 10.05 am to 12.10 pm.

The panel will address the main challenges women face in obtaining decent work, and what is needed to overcome such obstacles.

Among the issues to be discussed: Work-family balance, Women, men and the care economy; Violence and harassment as a barrier to decent work for women; and the Gender pay gap/equal pay for work of equal value.

Panelists include:
  •  Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Linda Kromjong, Secretary–General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
  • Hala Al-Tuwaigri, General Secretary, Family Council, Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Saudi Arabia
  • Kevin Coon, Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Myrna Cunningham, Board member, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
  • Rehema Ludanga, Regional Secretary, Tanzania Union of Industrial and Commercial Workers
The panel will be moderated by CNBC’s broadcaster Nozipho Mbanjwa.

You can follow the live discussions starting at 08:05 GMT (10:05 CET time) on the website of the event.

In the afternoon, the following heads of State and Government will highlight action they have taken to advance gender equality in the world of work:
  • 15.00 Her Excellency Ms Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta
  • 15:30 Her Excellency Ms Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the of the Republic of Mauritius
  • 16:00 Her Excellency Ms Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal