Let me tell you briefly the stories of Afia and Melba.
Afia gets up every day at 5 a.m. to fetch water from a well two miles away from her farm in Djanipe (Togo) to prepare a family meal before going off to her farming or trading activities When she comes back home in the evening, she is too tired to play with her two children, aged four and two.
Soglo, her husband, works shorter hours and does not participate in childcare or household chores. They have been hit hard by the lack of rainfall and are constantly struggling to make ends meet. Continue reading →
There has been a return to peace in Nepal, after over a decade of civil conflict. The ILO’s Yves Perardel travelled to Kathmandu in preparation for a survey of young people and their experience of leaving school to enter the world of work. Taking his camera to the streets, he sees a city in transition, young people here, he says, have hope for growth and stability.