The Role Of The International Labour Organisation In Balancing Work And Family In The 21st Century

TitleThe Role Of The International Labour Organisation In Balancing Work And Family In The 21st Century
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHodges, Jane
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Volume56
Issue4
Pagination566 - 576
Date Published2014///
Keywordsfamily, gender, gender equality, ILO, International Labour Organisation
Abstract

[Excerpt] Having been created in 1919, as part of the Treaty of Versailles which ended the hostilities of the Great War, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has almost 100 years’ experience in addressing the important theme of balancing tensions that pit work responsibilities against family roles and societal expectations. With such a weight of history and time, one might be forgiven for expecting this article to overflow with successes and positive examples, built up over decades of normative work, policy advice, research and data collection, technical support and capacity-building with the ILO’s tripartite (employer, union and government) constituents. Yet, as with many fundamental principles and rights in the world of work, equality for women and men remains a challenge. The following section will cover the particular characteristics of the ILO and its commitment to gender equality in general. Next I will expand on the International Labour Standards (ILS) relevant to balancing work and family, with recent examples of good practices. In concluding, I will tempt the reader to examine in more depth the structural reasons that appear to feed the tensions, and posit ways forward.