Development cooperation projects

The Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch (GEDI) works to mainstream gender into all ILO development cooperation projects. This is defined by the  ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality 2022–25 as “a strategy for making women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres so that women and men benefit equally, and inequality is not perpetuated.”
The Branch also coordinates its own portfolio of development cooperation projects that aim to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment across the four strategic objectives of the Decent Work Agenda. This portfolio:
  • promotes ratification and implementation of the four key gender equality Conventions – Equal Remuneration Convention (No. 100), Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (No. 111), Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention (No. 156) and Maternity Protection Convention (No. 183);
  • takes specific measures to promote women’s access to employment;
  • works to extend gender-equitable social protection; and
  • promotes equitable representation of women and men in decision making positions, and works to ensure that gender equality is on the agenda in tripartite discussions.
  1. Zambia

    Joint UN Programme on Gender-Based Violence

    July 2013 - December 2016

    The program is supporting the Zambian government in implementing the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against women; and to support the implementation of Zambia’s Anti-Gender Based Violence Act.

  2. Indonesia

    Access to Employment and Decent Work for Women

    May 2012 - July 2016

    The project aims to improve equality in employment and labour market outcomes for women in Indonesia via strategies that reduce barriers to formal employment and address discrimination in employment for women.

  3. Turkey

    More and Better Jobs for Women: Women's Empowerment through Decent Work

    March 2013 - April 2016

    The project will help labour market policies and identify occupations where there are more decent employment opportunities for women.

  4. Egypt and Tunisia

    The way forward after the revolution - decent work for women in Egypt and Tunisia

    April 2012 - April 2015

    The project will strengthen women’s abilities to participate in the labour market, and improve labour market institutions to better assist women in post-revolution Tunisia and Egypt.

  5. Pakistan

    Promoting gender equality for decent employment

    April 2012 - March 2015

    The project is based upon ILO’s conviction that gender equality in the world of work is a fundamental matter of human rights, social justice and is instrumental in achieving social and economic development goals.

  6. Ethiopia

    Joint UN Programme on Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment

    September 2011 - March 2014

    The Programme supports the Government of Ethiopia in its efforts to further improve the lives of Ethiopian women and support the realization of their rights, in line with its international commitments.

  7. Kenya

    Joint UN Programme on Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment

    July 2012 - June 2014

    This Joint Programme brings together 14 United Nations Organizations under one programmatic framework and provides for a strong platform to better serve the needs of Kenya in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

  8. Lebanon

    Promoting the Rights of Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon

    June 2011 - May 2014

    The project enhances economic integration for women migrants and improved labour migration governance and social dialogue as a means to contribute to poverty alleviation through decent work for migrant workers.

  9. Madagascar

    Empowering women and girls in vulnerable situations through decent work [Vers l'automisation des femmes et des jeunes filles vulnérables à travers l'emploi décent]

    August 2013 - July 2014

    The project works toward the social reintegration of women who have suffered from obstetric fistulas through stable long-term incomes.

  10. Nepal

    Project on Gender-Responsive Recovery for Sustainable Peace in Nepal

    September 2012 - June 2014

    This joint project of ILO, FAO and UN Women aims to address economic, social and psychological hardships of conflict-affected women and their families through community-led women's empowerment initiatives.

  11. occupied Palestinian territory

    Towards Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the occupied Palestianian territory

    October 2013 - December 2014

    The ILO aims to improve access to equal employment opportunities for women in the occupied Palestinian territory through decent jobs, market-driven skills, stronger cooperatives, improvement of working conditions as well as legal, economic and social empowerment.

  12. Philippines

    Nutrition Security and Maternity Protection through Exclusive and Continued Breastfeeding Promotion in the Workplace

    January 2013 - April 2014

    The project promotes exclusive breastfeeding in the workplaces (EBFW) which aims to strengthen the Family Welfare Program (FWP) in Naga City, Iloilo City and Zamboanga City. The strengthening of FWP interventions is also being expanded to workers in the informal economy.

  13. Somalia

    Support to the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment

    August 2012 - February 2014

    The EU gender project supports the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace in Somalia through economic participation supporting broader equality and participation.