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This chapter surveys the major International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions relevant to the protection of women and to the equality of women and men at work, and their review or control mechanisms. The characteristic of the ILO, unique among the UN specialized agencies, is the tripartite membership of all its organs, reflected in the composition of bodies and voting rights. The main organs of the ILO are the General Conference, the Governing Body and the International Labour Office. The main function of the ILO is to prepare and adopt international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations: there is now a corpus of 188 Conventions, five protocols and 196 Recommendations. Most of the ILO Conventions and Recommendations apply to both men and women. Equality, as a basic human right, should be placed firmly on the political agenda, a pre-condition for real progress.

Keywords: gender equality; international labour organization (ILO); international labour standards; UN specialized agencies



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