Two girls in a pool.

ILO presents Bi Qiting. Qi lost her eyesight at 14. She trains to become a swimming instructor because to help other people with disabilities get out of the home, exercise and enjoy life more.

Senior Programme Officer in Turkey, Nejat Kocabay, explains how an ILO project is helping to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in seasonal agriculture in Turkey, including hazelnut harvesting.

Supply chains are broken and acute shortages are hiking prices. And while businesses struggle to stay afloat, vulnerable groups search for jobs. These changes, compounded by the COVID pandemic, have caused great turmoil in our lives. But, they also provide opportunities for moving towards a better future of work.

ILO defines long-term care (LTC) as the support that is needed by older persons with limited ability to care for themselves due to physical or mental conditions, including chronic diseases and multimorbidity. Well-adapted and high-quality long-term care can enhance older people’s well-being, dignity and rights, while also supporting their families. It is essential that better access to adequate long-term care benefits and services is provided to meet people’s needs.

Effective lifelong learning and quality education for all is essential for a better future of work. If teachers, trainers and support workers are to fill this need they will need to master new technologies and learning techniques and receive support to deal with their expanded responsibilities. ILO works to increase support for education workers.

This music video aims to raise awareness among young Mauritanians and refugees on the dangers of COVID-19 and its impact on the world of work.

The world of work has been profoundly affected by the pandemic threatening livelihoods and the wellbeing of millions.  ILO sets out the world of work response to the COVID-19 crisis on how to build a human-centred future of work.

The workplace should be safe for everyone, everywhere. The ILO Convention No. 190 aims to end all forms of violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence. The Convention focuses on restoring dignity and respect for all. Ask your governments to #RatifyC190.

A girl sits in front of a sewing machine with garments hanging above her.

Iman comes from a family of 11 in the village of Bani Quis in the north-western Yemeni governorate of Hajjah. Iman dropped out of school at an early age because she lacked the means to reach her school some six kilometres away from her village. Now 18 and only semi-literate, she wishes she had had the chance to learn at school. Having decided to pursue other learning options to obtain practical vocational skills, Iman joined an apprenticeship implemented by an ILO partnership. In addition to theoretical instruction, Iman gained sewing skills from the practical training.

According to the latest estimates of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the number of migrant workers has increased by 5 million since 2017. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the critical role migrants play as essential workers, but it has also exposed their vulnerability to the devastating health, economic and social impacts of the pandemic.

Educators and the changing world of education and work

The future of work will depend on effective learning and quality education for all. Employers and workers will need to learn new skills to unlock the opportunities of new technology and to confront the challenges of globalization and climate change. Governments, employers, and workers in the education sector will meet at the ILO to discuss future challenges and opportunities.

A woman sits on the sidewalk with a boy besides her.

ILO’s WESO Trends 2021 projections highlight the danger of a COVID-19 labour market legacy of increased geographic and demographic inequality, rising poverty and fewer decent jobs.

smiling boys on beach forming a pyramid

12 June is the World Day Against Child Labour. Today, more than 152 million kids are stuck working, sometimes in hazardous conditions. It’s time for change. More than 300 global stakeholders, from governments to organizations, have made 2021 Action Pledges. These practical plans outline the steps each stakeholder will take toward ending child labour. Global celebrities are doing their part. Samuel Eto’o, A.R. Rahman, and Laura Pausini among others, have already raised their voices for children. And individuals are, too! Anyone can join the global campaign to make a difference for children. Are you in? Get started!

man with wheelchair at workstation

Jordanian Omar Abu Noa’aj has struggled to find work for years due to his physical disability. Last year, an ILO employment centre helped him secure his first formal job at a garment factory, giving him a new sense of independence and purpose. A year on since his employment, Abu Noa’aj says his life has been transformed. “Before I started working, I used to see people going to work in the morning and say: ‘What a great feeling that must be.’ Now, I know what this feeling is like,” Abu Noa’aj said.

A woman wearing a helmet looks at her phone.

After the COVID-19 outbreak, demand grew considerably. The government deemed delivery work as essential, next to key activities such as public health and transportation, among others. ILO features the challenges faced by digital platform workers, who have been contributing greatly during this crisis. It sounds nice to take part in essential work, but decent work would be better. Treated by the companies as independent contractors, most of us have no social protection benefits, such as pension coverage, health, or insurance plans.