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ILO Launches Global Campaign For Equality At Work

September 25, 2023

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) will roll out a global communication campaign called “This Way to Social Justice”, in an effort to address inequalities in the world of work, the organisation said on Monday.

“High levels of inequality, aggravated by ongoing crises, have a high human and economic cost and threaten already slow progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs),” the organisation wrote in a statement. 

Accordingly, ILO data  show that 4 billion people lack social protection, one of the best routes out of inequality; and as many as 453 million people who would like to work, cannot find a job; and 214 million working people live on less than US$1.90 a day. 

“While the ILO has been at the forefront of addressing the root causes and consequences of inequalities since its inception, the depth, breadth, and repercussions of contemporary inequalities necessitate a comprehensive approach focusing on both distribution and redistribution mechanisms and policies,” said Gilbert F. Houngbo, ILO Director-General.

This communication campaign, the organisation said, is aligned with the strategy of the organisation to spotlight crucial policy areas where coordinated efforts can pave the way towards fairer, safer, greener, and more sustainable societies for all. 

These pivotal areas include: decent job creation; universal social protection; education and lifelong learning for all; protection of workers’ rights; gender equality and non-discrimination; fair globalisation; just transition to greener economies.

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