How the ILO is helping to end forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry

Beate Andrees

Beate Andrees,
Chief of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch

Nearly a quarter of the adult population in Uzbekistan—over three million people—take part in the country’s cotton harvest each year. Some two thirds of them are women.

The ILO has been monitoring the cotton harvest for child labour since 2013. In 2015, it began monitoring the harvest for forced labour and child labour as part of an agreement with the World Bank.
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What does the future of work hold in store for the auto industry?

Guillaume Delautre and Salonie Hiriyur

Guillaume Delautre, ILO Research Officer and Salonie Hiriyur, ILO Junior Research Officer

The automotive industry is a sector of ​​prime importance for the ILO, not only because of its economic weight but also because of its history. Since the days of Henry Ford, the evolution of this industry in terms of work organization, modes of production and technology has often served as an inspiration for other economic sectors.

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What have we learned about helping women with conditional cash transfers?

Verónica Escudero, Elva López Mourelo

Verónica Escudero, Senior ILO Economist and Elva López Mourelo, ILO Economist

During an economic crisis, Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) are one way that governments can use to protect vulnerable people from falling into poverty. Between 2001 and 2002, Argentina suffered one of the worst economic crises in its history. Unemployment rose, the share of people living below the poverty line increased and political instability and social unrest ensued.

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