Feature stories

This is a list of official ILO feature stories issued by the ILO office in Jakarta and Timor-Leste. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each stories. The most recent stories is at the top.


  1. “We also have dreams”: An entrepreneurship journey of transgendered entrepreneurs

    18 November 2019

    Transgender persons have the same right to employment just like everybody else. Three entrepreneurs share their journeys of passions, hopes and determinations for equal employment opportunity through entrepreneurship.

  2. Providing a breast milk delivery service to support workers’ exclusive breastfeeding programme

    12 November 2019

    In addition to the lactation room, Better Work Indonesia ‘s garment factory PT Ungaran Sari Garments (PT USG) has moved ahead with a new delivery initiative, ensuring babies of its women workers always have adequate supply of breast milk while their mothers are at work.

  3. Inspiring journeys of two mothers to stay productive with HIV

    24 October 2019

    Two women shared their life journeys to be productive with HIV and to continue living their lives to the fullest. Their stories inspired the participants of the ILO’s VCT@Work Programme in Bandung and Medan.

  4. © Robert Scoble 2021

    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.

  5. © ©L. Muladi 2021

    Apprenticeships: Good for workers. Good for industry

    15 August 2019

    An industry-based apprenticeship programme in Indonesia is creating employment opportunities for young workers and a new generation of workers for industry.

  6. Improving breastfeeding facilities benefits workers, their babies and business

    01 August 2019

    A worker-management committee has helped improve facilities for new mothers in one of Indonesia’s leading garment factories, while boosting productivity.

  7. Migration in Southeast Asia should be an opportunity for workers, communities and economies – not traffickers

    31 July 2019

    Op-ed by Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, the ILO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific; Mohammad Narciri, the Regional Director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok, Thailand; and Mr Jeremy Douglas, the Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

  8. Producing skilled workers linked with needs of industries

    15 July 2019

    SMK Mitra Industri MM2100 has developed four types of partnerships with the industries, aimed to not only improve its students’ working skills but also to enhance the capabilities of its teachers and instructors according to the changing needs of the industries.

  9. A synergy between polytechnics and industries to produce skilled workers

    09 July 2019

    The world of work needs professional and skilled workers. A strong synergy between polytechnics and industries, as shown by Politeknik APP Jakarta, is able to ensure the absorption of polytechnic graduates by the industries.

  10. Adapting to the fast changing skills demand with apprenticeship

    28 June 2019

    Apprenticeships are important as they are proven effective in adapting to changing skills demand of the economy, a cost-effective and proven method of providing skills to people. Kazutoshi Chatani, ILO's Employment Specialist, explained about the benefits and advantages of the apprenticeship programmes.