International Labour Standards, Rights at Work and Gender Equality

International Labour Standards, Rights at Work and Gender Equality

International Labour Standards, Rights at Work and Gender Equality

Labour standards and rights at work for the ILO and tripartite partners

This programme provides training to promote international labour standards, including rights at work, to strengthen their application and to advance the achievement of decent work for all women and men.
The programme offers learning and capacity development opportunities to governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, international and national actors, companies and non-governmental organizations. 
All the regular curricula can be tailor-made and run in country upon request. In addition, the programme designs learning and advisory services tailoring the needs of institutions or specific target groups.

Since 1919, the International Labour Organization has maintained a system of international labour standards that promote equal opportunity for decent work. The standards, agreed upon by governments, employers, and workers, are a key component in the international framework and support the growth of the global economy.

ILS for constituents

ILO constituents must address implementation gaps and actively participate in standards setting, submission, ratification, and supervision of international labour standards. They must also fulfill reporting obligations under the ILO Constitution.

ILS for judges, lawyers, and legal educators

International labour standards are important tools for national legislation and policy making. They also help judges and lawyers settle domestic labour disputes. Read more

ILS for media

Media professionals who are well-versed in rights at work and labour issues report more effectively. Knowledgeable reporting increases the public’s understanding of internationally-recognized standards and their impact on sustainable development agendas.

Maritime labour

The Maritime Labour Convention includes compliance and enforcement components that protect seafarers’ rights to decent work. It sets minimum requirements for working and living conditions, including recruitment practices, employment conditions, and occupational safety and health.

ILS and non-standard forms of employment

Temporary employment, part-time work, and dependent self-employment are just a few non-standard forms of employment popular today. International labour standards help regulate and govern these evolving work arrangements.

ILS implementation and reporting

Member States may design country-specific strategies to address implementation gaps and comply with reporting obligations of international labour standards. National strategies include country profiles, gap analyses, and action plans.

ILS, social responsibility, and sustainable development

Development agencies and companies must comply with international labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work. Practical tools, such as face-to-face training courses, online courses, and country profiles, improve knowledge and understanding around international labour standards and development issues.

Fundamental principles and rights at work promote equality, dignity, and security. ILO stakeholders uphold protections for all workers, especially those who are particularly vulnerable, including migrant workers, agricultural workers, and domestic workers.

Freedom of association and collective bargaining

Freedom of association allows non-state actors to participate in economic and social policy, while collective bargaining provides allows employers and trade union members to establish fair wages and working conditions. These fundamental rights provide the foundation for sound labour relations.

Child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking

Forced labour is work performed involuntarily, under the threat of penalty. It may be imposed upon adults and children by governments, private enterprises, or individuals, and is observed in all types of economic activity and in every country.

Gender equality promotes equality in the world of work, aims to foster gender-responsible programmes and institutions, and creates the conditions for more inclusive workplaces. Equality-related international labour standards also target specific categories, such as women, indigenous peoples, and workers with disabilities.

Indigenous and tribal peoples

Indigenous and tribal peoples have the right to participate in development processes. This segment of society disproportionately experiences poverty, gender-based discrimination, and human rights abuses, and must be a part of inclusive projects and programmes that support their communities.

Disability in the workplace

People with disabilities face attitudinal, physical, and informational barriers to equal opportunity in the world of work. Disability inclusion involves disability-specific programmes and inclusive measures in mainstream services and activities. 

HIV/AIDS in the world of work

Discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS persists. Rights-based policies, prevention models, and social protection approaches can reduce stigma in the world of work.


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