Resources on Gender equality

  1. Presentation

    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.

  2. Publication

    Voices of Women Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

    16 June 2008

    Voices of Women Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

  3. Article

    From entrepreneurship to education: how empowering women can help their children learn

    16 June 2008

    Women’s entrepreneurship helps reduce poverty, promote gender equality and empower women. But it has another impact – providing women with the means to improve the health of their families and finance the education of their children. Two ILO projects in Africa funded by Irish AID are showing how learning business knowledge and skills not only creates jobs, but also extends empowerment to the future, promotes decent work and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. ILO Online reports.

  4. Presentation

    Slide show - Formula for progress: Educate both girls and boys!

    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.

  5. Press release

    ILO launches year-long campaign “Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work”

    05 June 2008

    The International Labour Organization is launching a one-year global campaign to highlight the central role of gender equality in its Decent Work Agenda and in the work of its constituents – governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations.

  6. Meeting document

    Report I(B): Global Report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

    12 March 2008

    Freedom of association in practice: Lessons learned

  7. Presentation

    Slideshow - International Women's Day, ILO Geneva, 7 March 2008

    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!

  8. Video

    Press Conference Highlights: Global Employment Trends for Women 2008

    07 March 2008

    "We've seen that over a ten year period 200 million new jobs have been created," says Dorothea Schmidt. "That's a big, big increase and that's very good news, but the problem is the type of job that was created. And we see that over half of the jobs that women have are what we call vulnerable." Dorothea Schmidt, co-author of the report "Global Employment Trends for Women 2008" and Evy Messel, Director of the ILO's Bureau for Gender Equality speak at the GET Women press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

  9. Statement

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of International Women’s Day

    07 March 2008

  10. Audio

    Philippines radio show discusses employment trends for women in South East Asia and around the world

    07 March 2008

    With the release of a new report on "Global Employment Trends for Women 2008", Radio Veritas in the Philippines interviews the Director of the ILO Subregional Office for South-East Asia and the Pacific, Linda Wirth.