Impact stories

Our impact, their voices

  1. Educating others and ourselves: Peer support for COVID-19 recovery and resilience

    28 June 2022

    In 2020 when COVID-19 first struck, Kalaichelvi struggled to keep the college open where all learning was conducted face-to-face. They lost many students and were forced to close the college for over two years. At the same time, students were equally impacted as many had to drop-out from their studies to support their families. During this time, Kalaichelvi joined the WE Rebuild Better programme, delivered by the ILO and Women Entrepreneur Network of Malaysia (WENA), designed to support women entrepreneurs during COVID-19 and build business resilience. The five-month long programme helped Kalaichelvi receive mentorship, peer support sessions and connecting with fellow women entrepreneurs going through similar challenges.

  2. Fighting for rights and the future of ‘chikankari’

    01 June 2022

    From making beautiful embroideries to lending a helping hand to others during the COVID-19 pandemic, Uzma Jalees is determined that the rights of home-based workers should be recognized and indigenous artforms like Chikankari promoted.

  3. Getting children out of labour and back to learning

    30 May 2022

    The COVID-19 pandemic took millions of children, like Janny, out of school. The ILO helped them reconnect with their education, friends and future.

  4. Clean water, decent work unite communities for peace

    17 May 2022

    Over 2,000 households in five villages benefit from three new water systems built under the ILO Japan Water and Sanitation Project in Balabagan, Lanao del Sur. The project contributed to provide jobs and promote peace in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in the Philippines.

  5. Indonesian garment factories step up to meet occupational safety and health standards

    28 April 2022

    Through strengthening compliance with occupational safety and health (OSH) standards, two participating garment factories of Better Work Indonesia, a joint programme of ILO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), have been recognized by the Ministry of Manpower and international buyers.

  6. ILO’s compensation fund programme offers laid-off workers reliefs

    08 February 2022

    The ILO through its programmes distributes a total of USD1,7 million compensation funds to 20,000 garment workers who have lost their jobs.

  7. Sowing seeds of change

    02 February 2022

    It takes thick skin and hard work to succeed as a woman farmer in Sri Lanka. From cultivating her backyard to breaking norms, Raasarathinam Arulrahini shares her journey.

  8. Renewed attention to health and safety risks and quality assurance procedures during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis leads to profitable business processes and enhanced workplace cooperation.

    28 January 2022

    ILO SCORE Training’s focus on continuous improvement sets a Tunisian manufacturing company on a path to improved safety and sanitation protocols, upgraded production systems and practices, and most importantly well-established worker-manager communication in its factory.

  9. Focusing on workplace cooperation and continuous improvement leads to enhanced productivity gains, worker-manager communication and safety and health measures.

    28 January 2022

    Thanks to ILO SCORE Training’s emphasis on workplace cooperation and continuous improvement, a leading manufacturing company in China adopted new strategies to actively engage workers and managers to improve workplace communication, upgrade production areas and implement safety standards across factory floors.

  10. Vaccines for garment workers to end the transmission of COVID-19 at workplace

    27 January 2022

    The ILO’s Better Work programme and the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) join forces to provide more than 21 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Indonesia’s garment industry in Semarang, Central Java.