2009 International Labour Conference

2009 International Labour Conference

October 2009 – The 2009 International Labour Conference focused on the global financial and economic crisis and its effect on employment.  Gender was high on the agenda, with the crisis being seen as an opportunity to form new gender equality responses.  The Conference adopted a Global Jobs Pact, laying out a set of guiding principles and specific policy options on the acceleration of employment creation, jobs recovery, sustainable enterprises and social protection systems. The Pact called for recovery policies to produce a fair globalization and a greener economy, to reduce gender inequality and to narrow the gender pay gap.  Gender concerns should be integrated in all measures, ensuring that women have an equal voice with men in designing and assessing the success of recovery packages.  This was re-enforced by a key report presented to the Conference on Gender equality at the heart of decent work.

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