All women and men should be able to secure a decent standard of living for themselves and their families through productive employment. However, in virtually all countries in the world some workers still face serious difficulties in accessing and progressing in decent and well-paid employment. Migrant workers, young job-seekers, senior citizens, individuals from minority ethnic and indigenous groups and people with disabilities often face enormous challenges in the world of work. Gender cuts across all such categories, which in turn also intersect which and compound one another, making discrimination a complex phenomenon, difficult to pinpoint and detect. Yet, its effects are clear: it impacts on the well-being of individuals, their families, as well as enterprises, the labour market and society as a whole. On the other hand, an inclusive society, offering equitable access to job opportunities and fair rewards for work performed can draw on a wider pool of competencies and a more diverse and productive workforce. It is also likely to be more politically stable and socially cohesive. What is discrimination? How does it occur and what are its underlying causes? Who is particularly affected, and why? What is the legal framework defining the duties and responsibilities of the various players in the labour market? What concrete actions can be taken to ensure that everyone has a fair chance to access a decent job? What practical measures can be adopted to value diversity as an asset, at work and in society as a whole?
This course is designed to meet the different needs of those responsible for ensuring equality of opportunity and non-discrimination, both at the policymaking and workplace levels. Ministries of labour and other ministries and national bodies, and employers' and workers' representative organizations may particularly benefit from this training.