Gender equality

  • Eustaquio Santimano
  • Hashoo Foundation USA - Houston, TX
  • Gaganjit Singh / UN Women
  • Jobson / UNICEF
  • Thierry Falise / ILO
  • M. Rakusen / AFP
  • DVIDSHUB
The primary goal of the ILO is to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Gender equality is a key element in reaching this goal and is a cross-cutting policy driver for all ILO policy outcomes.

The ILO Policy on Gender Equality and Mainstreaming supports a two-pronged approach of gender mainstreaming: analysing and addressing in all ILO initiatives the specific needs of both women and men, and targeted interventions to enable women and men to participate in, and benefit equally from, development efforts.

News and articles

  1. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Film director wins ILO prize for gender based violence documentary

    25 November 2020

  2. Women's Leadership in Social Dialogue for Gender Equality in the Asian Garment Sector

    Closing the gender pay gap – practical measures and initiatives in the garment sector

  3. G20 Leaders’ Summit

    ILO welcomes G20 continued commitment to safeguard livelihoods

    22 November 2020

Projects

  1. Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through development cooperation

    Beyond mainstreaming gender into all its development cooperation projects, the ILO coordinates a portfolio of specific projects.

Highlights

  1. Interactive Map: Explore the gender labour gap around the world

    Despite significant progress over the past century, women are still a long way from achieving gender equality in the workplace. In many parts of the world, women are still trapped in low-skilled work and work longer unpaid hours. Explore the chart to learn how working women are faring around the world.

Women at work: 20 years of progress and challenges