Leaving no one behind COVID-19: gender, intersectionality and decent work in times of crisis

Leaving no one behind COVID-19: gender, intersectionality and decent work in times of crisis

Leaving no one behind COVID-19: gender, intersectionality and decent work in times of crisis

14 September–6 November 2020
The course is available in English

"In years to come, the effectiveness of our response to this existential threat may be judged not just by the scale and speed of the cash injections, or whether the recovery curve is flat or steep, but by what we did for the most vulnerable among us."

– Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization

Introduction to the course

How can development actions and projects reach out and empower all those who are normally "left behind"? Learn how to use analytical and planning tools to plan for decent work and economic empowerment from a gender and diversity perspective.

Who attends this course?

Staff in charge of programmes and projects aiming to advance sustainable development, social justice and decent work for all women and men


As the full impact of the COVID-19 crisis keeps unfolding under our eyes, measures are being designed and deployed globally to mitigate health, socio-economic and human losses. The world of work and its future are at the centre of the global discussion on recovery, and the “Leave no one behind” principle at the core of the 2030 Agenda becomes a powerful tool towards making sure that the voice of those who are most impacted is heard and that existing vulnerabilities are not further deepened.

Starting from the historical and conceptual framework of SDGs where the “LNOB” principle was generated, this learning journey will guide participants towards a renewed understanding of its meaning and implications in the context of the current crisis and of the future post-COVID global landscape, with a particular focus on the world of work.

What topics does this course cover?

This online training will cover the theory and practice of the “leave no one behind” principle. Using gender an intersectionality as a lens to identify and analyse vulnerability factors, participants will be accompanied towards making sense of the current reality as impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and learn how to apply such understanding towards keeping on track with achieving equality for all, decent work and all other SDGs.

Some of the questions that will be addressed in the training are

  • What is the “LNOB” principle, where does it come from and what does it have to do with gender and “intersectionality”?
  • Who is being left behind in the current global scenario, particularly relating to the world of work and employment, and what are the underlying reasons for their vulnerability?
  • How is the COVID crisis interacting with existing patterns of vulnerability and how can I prepare for the challenges of the post-COVID future?
  • What are the tools at my disposal to apply the LNOB principle in my work and therefore “reach to the furthest behind”1?
  • How can I effectively advocate for others to apply this principle as well?
What will I learn?

You will acquire and make sense of the latest data and evidence on the gendered and intersectional impact of the crisis globally and across regions. You will learn how to use analytical and planning tools to effectively integrate the LNOB principle in your action planning for sustainable development and decent work.

What will I be able to do?
  • Appreciate the concept of “LNOB”
  • Recognize the factors that make some individuals more vulnerable and how these are impacted by the current crisis;
  • Apply the concept of intersectionality in analysing the dynamics of disadvantage in the present circumstances and in your specific context;
  • Apply inclusive and holistic thinking to planning policy and development actions;
  • Use available evidence paired with foresight techniques to be prepared for future challenges;
  • Tap into a live community of practice for continuing peer-to-peer learning;
  • Use communication and advocacy to advance the implementation of the principle.
Why should I join?
  • Social justice: “Leave no one behind” is the transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda: as development practitioners committed to equality and full inclusion we need to be equipped to use it as a compass to navigate these difficult times;
  • Methodology: you will be exposed to cutting-edge learning methodologies where you – the learner – are right at the centre. Through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities, elements of design-thinking and methodologies aimed to liberate creativity, this training aims to challenge mind-sets and shift perspective.
Who takes this course?

Individuals committed to advance equality and decent work for all women and men, and to contribute with their knowledge and skills to helping the human community overcome this difficult time, including:

  • Development practitioners and staff involved in cooperation projects and programmes;
  • Policy makers at different levels who are committed to inclusive and equitable policy outcomes;
  • Workers’ representatives concerned with the future of the most vulnerable in the workforce;
  • Employers interested in better understanding what the private sector can do.

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