Hard data needed on disability and work


Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

Persons with disabilities – estimated to be about 15 per cent of the world’s population – constitute a largely untapped pool of talent in the labour market. And, they face a high risk of being marginalized further as the world of work undergoes rapid transformations, including technological developments, climate change and demographic shifts. As a result, existing inequalities may increase, unless countries implement a range of measures to tackle the issue. Continue reading

New lives, new freedoms – how labour migration empowers Nepali women


Neha Choudhary, ILO Kathmandu
National project coordinator,
ILO Integrated programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR)

When I first met Ram Kumari Chaudhary, she was an extremely shy, but solemn, 19-year-old. She told me she wanted to go to work in Jordan to support her parents, adding that there were few opportunities to find a decent job in Nepal. Soon afterwards, in 2017, I learned that she had found a job in Jordan’s booming garment industry, earning, on average, around US$350 a month. Every three or four months she faithfully sent back about three-quarters of her salary to her parents in Nepal. Continue reading

I benefitted from migration, let others do so too

Naren Prasad, ILO Senior Economist, RESEARCH

Naren Prasad, ILO Senior Economist, RESEARCH

I come from a family of migrants. In the early 1900s, the British colonial authorities brought both of my great-grandfathers from Utter Pradesh in India to Fiji as indentured labourers. Life was considerably tougher for them than it ever has been for me. I can’t imagine how they and many thousands of others coped working endless hours in the sugarcane fields. Continue reading