International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The 2nd of a series of 4 articles, Lena Kloster, Chwarae Teg’s Leonardo da Vinci programme intern with the Policy Team, explores how international communities address Gender Equality.

Related: Part 1 – Addressing Gender Equality.

Defending women’s rights on the labour market is one of the key issues of the International Labour Organisation ( ILO ) with its headquarters in Geneva.

“Promoting Jobs, Protecting People” is the mission of this specialized agency of the United Nations, which cooperates with governments, employers and employees to implement gender mainstreaming strategies and policies.

The ILO’s main area of action is creating equal opportunities for Decent Work for All Women and Men.

Four strategic objectives determine the ILO’s main area of action to create the opportunities for women and men on the labor market:

  • Promote and realize standards and fundamental principles and rights at work,
  • Create greater opportunities for men and women to secure decent employment,
  • Enhance the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all,
  • Strengthen tripartism and social dialogue.

Thanks to the International Labour Standards employers around the world make use of the ILO’s recommendations, which are also embedded in four significant gender equality conventions:

  • The Equal Remuneration Convention (No. 100),
  • Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (No. 111),
  • Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention (No. 156 ),
  • Maternity Protection Convention (No. 183).

Conventions 100 and 111 are also among the eight fundamental Conventions of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work ( ILO, 2015 ).