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Young and Female -- a Double "Strike" for Women Entering the Workforce

Azita Berar Awad | Posted 02.10.2016 | World
Azita Berar Awad

It's clear that another generation of young women remains outside the reach of what should be their full economic and self-empowerment potential.

3 Ways We Can Tackle Youth Employment

Guy Ryder | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Guy Ryder

Clearly, responding to the challenges of global youth employment will require a tailored and multifaceted approach. However, in all cases, policy-makers must heed the voice of the younger generation.

21 Organizations Fighting for Labor Rights in the Food System

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

From farmworkers to restaurant servers, the food system employs millions of laborers around the world to pick, package, transport, deliver, and cook our food every day. Of the 3 billion workers in the world's labor force, about 40 percent are employed in agriculture alone, according to the International Labor Organization of the United Nations (ILO).

Child Labor Only Occurs In Poor Countries And 4 Other Myths About The Practice

www.theguardian.com | Posted 06.12.2015 | Impact

The ILO defines child labour as work that “deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical ...

Pharrell Williams Urges Leaders To Help Tackle Climate Change

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

Singer Pharrell Williams has a message for the world's business and political leaders: We're counting on you to tackle climate change and create more ...

Around the World in 30 Days

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In May, I continued my conversations with thought leaders from China to New York who sketched out for me the conflicting overlaps between creativity, innovation, reform and testing, and shared their efforts to create coalescence between them.

Vital Collaboration in Lebanon, Part Two: An Interview With Farah Salka of the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM)

Kumera Genet | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Kumera Genet

The attack and subsequent suicide in 2012 of Alem Dechasa-Desisa--an Ethiopian Domestic worker in Lebanon--was a turning point in the consciousness of the Ethiopian and African Diaspora.

Businesses Must Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence

Liz Shuler | Posted 02.09.2015 | Women
Liz Shuler

We need more than just lip service to women's rights. We need tangible, concrete measures designed to address gender-based violence in the workplace. Ensuring that women have access to jobs with decent pay and safe working conditions is critical to building a just and equal society.

Ending Human Trafficking

Lauren Supina | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Lauren Supina

No country is immune to the horrors of modern day slavery, including the United States. Ending human trafficking will take an enormous effort, but your action as a consumer at the store is a start.

Got Global Governance?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Christopher Holshek

If you want good global governance, you have to provide good global citizenship.

The Key To Ending Child Labor Is Helping Poor Families So Kids Aren't Forced To Work

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

The number of child laborers worldwide is finally on the decline, but there are still 168 million too many kids being forced to work around the world....

The Somaly Mam Story: What We Still Know About Sex Trafficking

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

When trust is breached, those even slightly involved with the targeted fabricator panic and recoil. The fight or flight response kicks in: Does one stay silent and hide; or support and defend?

Putting Slavery Out of Business

Nick Grono | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Nick Grono

The latest authoritative report from the International Labor Organization shows that we have been badly underestimating just what big business this evil is, generating a shocking $150 billion profit per year.

Slavery Is Still Thriving And Is More Profitable Than Big Oil

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 05.22.2014 | Business

It's hard to believe, but even today, people are forced into slavery, girls are sexually exploited and children are forced to do hard labor -- all for...

Five Words Can End Child Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Free The Slaves

It's important to note that there is a solution. With a little help, at-risk children can be protected against slavery, as can their parents and neighbors.

Child Labour Is No Child's Play

Guy Ryder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Guy Ryder

Child labour is a global problem that needs a response from all sides. This means measures to help reduce poverty, improve education, enforce laws, improve employment prospects for adults and ensure there are no benefits in employing children under working age.

How This Brave Trafficking Survivor Is Helping Other Victims Escape

2013-08-28-ScreenShot20130828at6.15.32PM.png | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact

By Christa Hillstrom, YES! Magazine Flor Molina thought it was her lucky break. At 28, she had just lost her youngest child and was working two jo...

What Trans-Pacific and U.S.-EU Trade Partnerships Must Tackle: Jobs

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.13.2013 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The United States is one of the advanced countries in which the gap between the highest and the lowest wages is largest. While we've heard this before, the gap is getting worse.

'Just Jobs Index' Launches: What the IMF, World Bank and G20 Won't Discuss

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

While the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the G20 meets in Washington DC this weekend to discuss economic growth, a completely differe...

Domestic Workers: Long Hours, Backbreaking Jobs and Few Rights

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Reporters Uncensored

Two years ago, commemorating International Domestic Workers Day on June 16, governments, labor unions and employers' associations voted overwhelmingly to create global labor standards to help promote the rights of the 50 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide.

What 'Human Trafficking' Really Means

www.theatlantic.com | Posted 12.19.2012 | Impact

RANGOON, Burma -- Earlier this year, Ko Lin, 21 at the time, left his hometown of Bago, 50 miles northeast of Rangoon, along with a friend to look for...

Everything Is Made of China (Well, in China)

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Kelly Heinrich

In China, artificial flowers, bricks, Christmas decorations, coal, cotton, electronics, fireworks, footwear, garments, nails and toys are all known to be produced by forced labor. And China is far from being the only country on the list.

Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights

Richard Trumka | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Richard Trumka

It is clear now more than ever that the labor movement and the domestic workers' movement need to continue to work together to protect the rights of all workers.

New ILO Leadership Could Push For Better Economic Policies

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Since Europe has by far the largest banking system in the world, the eurozone crisis is also a significant drag on growth and employment throughout most of the world, and could easily do more damage if it is not resolved.

Jobs and Growth: Can't Have One Without the Other?

Min Zhu | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
Min Zhu

The news on the jobs front, unfortunately, remains grim. Why isn't the jobs picture better? Quite simply, it's because the growth picture isn't very good.