International Women's Day 2014
Statement by Patricia O’Donovan, Director
As International Women’s Day (8th March) is observed once again throughout the world, it is important to take stock of progress made towards equality for women at work and to consider how we can better contribute to improving opportunities for women’s economic empowerment. We know that the road to equality for women at work is long and winding. Economic, social and political crises generate backlashes and erode achievements already made. This is a real risk in many economic sectors and countries today.
The Centre joins the UN System-wide community in declaring that “Equality for Women is Progress for All” which is the theme designated by the United Nations for International Women's Day, 2014. This theme is based on data collected across the UN System which demonstrate that equality between men and women brings real advantages: it is good for families, for societies and for economies. Equality for women also means progress for men and boys as it breaks down stereotypes that constrain them and hinder the fulfilment of many legitimate aspirations.
As an integral part of the International Labour Organization, the Centre contributes to the ILO’s well-established record of advocacy and work towards improving the status of women and recognition of their rights in the world of work. The ILO has launched a Centenary Initiative on Women at Work as one of seven initiatives in the lead up to the ILO’s 100th anniversary (2019) in order to help “equip the Organization to take up successfully the challenges of its mandate in the future.” Under this initiative, the ILO is planning a major assessment of women in the world of work and is launching the process of reflection on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 2014. The Centre will be an active participant in this reflection over the coming months and years.
In 2013, the Centre participated in the first round of reporting on the UN System-wide Action Plan for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP). In its analysis of the results achieved, UN Women stated that the Centre’s “use of a gender marker used to determine the integration of gender issues in the specific implementation of courses and other capacity-building activities makes it a System-wide leader in the area of programme review.” The Centre met the requirements for ten of the 15 performance indicators and approached requirements in another four. UN Women encouraged the Centre to build on its significant successes in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women and to set higher targets where feasible for 2014.
The improvement of women's participation in all its training activities remains an important target for the Centre. The Network of Gender Focal Points is considering new initiatives to accelerate progress on this target in 2014-15. Through our training and capacity development activities, we have a responsibility to reach out to women and to facilitate the sharing of women’s knowledge and experience across national, regional, cultural and political boundaries.
Much has been achieved – much more remains to be done!
 Report of the Director-General: Towards the centenary: realities, renewal and tripartite commitment, Report I(A), International Labour Conference, 102nd Session, 2013. See also GB.319/INS/3/1, at para. 30-33.
For the second year, right on our website
The ITCILO Gender Academy and “Women at work” issues
Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Development of Panama
Delivering to your door
Joint IOM- ITCILO training activity on “Mainstreaming migration into policy planning”
The Board of the International Training Centre of the ILO will meet for its 80th Session on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October
International Seminar on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property
The Centre welcomes a delegation from the office of the Auditor General of Pakistan
Advanced Course in Social Innovation: Entrepreneurship for Social Impact
World Food Day (WFD) at the Centre
First ever Decent Work Academy in Johannesburg
ILO 2017 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration
The Centre welcomes the Minister of Labour of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
The Centre at the 10th ILO European Regional Meeting
NEW! Global Estimates on Modern Slavery (Forced Labour and Forced Marriage) and on Child Labour
Gender and Labour towards Empowering Women in Fragile Settings
Disruptive plans for a greener future
Gender champions remembered through two special fellowships
The Future of Data for Decent Work
The International Summer School returns to the Centre again this year
A new training initiative
Communicating labour rights
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The Centre welcomes a delegation from Bangladesh
The Centre at the Inter-Regional Expert Forum on Skills and Migration
“Financing Skills Development” – a new ITCILO Training Course 16 – 20 October 2017, Turin (Italy)
The Centre signs another MoU
No country for young men
We are committed to developing a social and solidarity enabling environment
First international seminar of the Brazil-ILO Project on “South-South Cooperation on decent work in the cotton supply chain” successfully concluded
A Centre for learning: opening doors to Turin schools
Cities and societies in transition - Towards a low-carbon and inclusive development
12 June 2017 - World Day Against Child Labour
The Centre welcomes the President of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO
The Centre celebrates World Environment Day 2017
Learning by doing
The Centre in Asia
What does it mean for Turin to have an International Training Centre?
Let’s bring fairness to tomorrow’s labour market!
The Centre welcomes Ambassador Pietro Sebastiani
Six in one!
Registration is open for the conference “Cities and societies in transition – Towards low-carbon, inclusive development”
Promoting Youth Employment
Young people to welcome participants
Programme for Youth in Fragile Settings
Master Trainers' Meeting
The Centre in Kuwait
Another MOU for the Centre
World green economy leaders look for ways to spark a new green revolution – and set a path to the 2030 Agenda
Renewal of the partnership agreement with the city of Suresnes, France
MOU signed in Geneva
Towards a sustainable campus
Aiming for an international objective
The Centre welcomes the CEO of Dubai Carbon
Towards a better future for women and work
Inauguration of the 2017 Academic Year at the ITCILO Turin School of Development (TSD)
For the very first time in Turin, a global training course on Fair Recruitment
The Centre welcomes the Ambassador of Afghanistan
MOU with EMA
The Centre supports quality in MOOCs: take the global survey!
A systemic view of Skills Development
One-Year Programme on Employment Policies for Afghanistan
The residential phase of the Master in Industrial and Employment Relations has started in Turin
Meeting of the ISLSSL Research Groups’ Coordinators
New EU-funded project on “Transnational Company Agreements”
The Director of the Turin Centre invited at the UN for the official visit of President Xi Jinping
The Mayor of Turin meets ILO Director-General Guy Ryder