Let’s put an end to discrimination!
According to the “Global Employment Trends for Women” report which the International Labour Organization issued to mark International Women’s Day, more women are in employment than ever before: the world total of 1.2 billion women in employment is 200 million higher than ten years ago. But women are more at risk of unemployment than men, their average wages are lower, and more than half have a “vulnerable” job.
According to the ILO Secretary-General, Juan Somavia, “Women continue to enter the world’s workforce in great numbers. But these advancements cannot and must not obscure the glaring inequalities that still exist in workplaces throughout the world.”
Putting an end to discrimination in the world of work is imperative if we are to achieve sustainable development and greater individual well-being. The promotion of equal opportunities has always been one of the priorities of the ILO.
In May 2007, the ILO launched the 2007 Global Report on Discrimination, entitled “Equality at work: Tackling the challenges”. With references to more than 170 countries or regions, the Global Report gives the most comprehensive overview of the impact of discrimination on the world of work today.
The ILO instruments, and other international instruments for the promotion of women’s rights and non-discrimination in employment like the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, issue directives and set standards that Member States can freely decide to apply. In addition, the ILO runs projects to boost equality and help eliminate discrimination in employment, in conjunction with government institutions and the social partners.
The Centre will run a training course on “International labour standards and equality in employment: Focus on gender issues and racial discrimination” from 7 to 18 April 2008, on the campus. The course's objective is to give the participants information and tools with which to promote equality at work for both men and women and to combat racial discrimination at the workplace and at the national level. It is intended for people involved in programmes against employment discrimination, to combat racial discrimination at the workplace, and to promote equality.