Resources on Gender equality

  1. © Russell Watkins / DFID 2024

    Childcare policy

    Closing childcare policy gaps offers high return on investment

    26 October 2023

    There is a compelling social investment and gender equality case for transforming childcare policies so that they universally and effectively cover children from birth until the start of mandatory primary education, new ILO research has found.

  2. © Sam Phelps/UNICEF Sierra Leone 2024


    Should we treat the care economy as an investment or a cost?

    26 October 2023

    Demand for care already outstrips supply and is expected to increase significantly in the future. Now, new ILO research suggests that spending on care – particularly childcare – could bring a return on investment of more than 3-to-1.

  3. News

    ILO-IOM join forces to better protect Indonesian migrant workers in the palm oil sector

    24 October 2023

    To better protect the labour rights of potential Indonesian migrant workers, the ILO and IOM jointly develop pre-departure training modules and relevant informational materials for palm oil sector in Indonesia-Malaysia Corridor.

  4. © ILO/OIT Muse Zerihun 2024


    ILO promotes gender mainstreaming in trade agreements before the European Parliament

    24 October 2023

    The ILO Deputy Regional Director for Africa addressed the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade (INTA) to discuss the impact of horizontal trade policies on gender. He suggested initiatives to reconcile international trade agreements and women's economic empowerment.

  5. © Priscilla Konadu Mensah 2024


    Formalization is transforming my shea butter business

    24 October 2023

    Zakaria Adama Lacera shares the challenges and rewards of formalizing her shea butter production and soap business in Ghana.

  6. Publication

    Driving better business results with women’s insurance

    23 October 2023

    This publication highlights the evolving socio-economic status of women and calls for increased engagement from insurers. It provides a comprehensive roadmap to address the unique needs of women, spanning both customer and employee perspectives, with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) reporting a substantial US$1.7 trillion opportunity by 2030 when targeting women. The guide offers a six-step plan, real success stories and practical solutions, supported by the expertise of the IFC and the ILO. Its primary aim is to foster financial inclusion and promote gender equity.

  7. © ILO 2024

    International Labour Standards

    North Macedonia ratifies the Labour Statistics Convention and the Violence and Harassment Convention

    23 October 2023

    North Macedonia becomes the 52nd ILO member State to ratify Convention No. 160, and the 35th to ratify Convention No. 190.

  8. News

    ILO promotes investment in skills development for Responsible Business Conduct in Indonesia

    16 October 2023

    The ILO has established a three-year project initiative to support a human-centred recovery from recent disruptions in the global supply chains. The project is funded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan.

  9. Improving the impact of public policies and budgets on employment outcomes

    Guide for the review of employment-related public expenditures and application to six pilot countries

    12 October 2023

    This report presents the first assessment of employment-related public expenditures (ERPEs) in six pilot countries, as an input to support the gradual transition towards pro-employment budgets. The goal is to understand the consistency of public expenditures with national employment policies and issues related to their incidence, effectiveness, and allocative efficiency.

  10. Gender equality

    Where women work in Asia and the Pacific: Implications for policies, equity and inclusive growth

    11 October 2023

    This study analyzes gender gaps in Asia and the Pacific’s labour market and shows why removing the barriers preventing women accessing decent work, increasing pay and improving working conditions can drive inclusive development and economic growth.