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LGBTIQ Persons In The World Of Work : ILO

LGBTIQ Persons In The World Of Work : ILO

A document has been released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on “Inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) persons in the world of work”.

  • Around the world, LGBTIQ+ persons face harassment, violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.
  • Discrimination has an economic cost not just to LGBTIQ+ persons and their families but also to enterprises and national economies.
  • Studies have shown that diversity in the workplace, including LGBTIQ+ persons, is better for business.
  • It recommended member countries, employers’ organisations and representatives of workers to launch social protection programmes to remove barriers that LGBTIQ+ persons face in society.
  • A national policy and labour law review will allow governments to assess their country’s work policy environment for LGBTIQ+ persons.
  • Consultation with LGBTIQ+ communities and employers’ and workers’ organisations will allow the identification of barriers faced by LGBTIQ+ persons. when entering the labour market and accessing government schemes, including those on social protection.
  • The ILO asked trade unions to help LGBTIQ+ workers to organise and exercise their right to freedom of association.

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