Statement by Luc Cortebeek, Chairperson of the Workers' Group in the ILO Governing Body on developments at the Commission on the Status of Women.
I would like to take the opportunity on this agenda item to share with you a serious concern of the Workers’ Group. You may know that the theme of this year Commission on the Status of Women is women economic empowerment in a changing world of work. Negotiations on the outcome document have been complex, but of greatest concern is the attempts by certain governments to remove all references to ILO standards and the role of the ILO in monitoring and following up on the agreed conclusions.
We are extremely concerned by this position. In the case of the eight fundamental conventions these same member states have acceded to the standards in question by virtue of their membership to the ILO. Decent work is central to women’s economic empowerment.
We therefore call on the support of all government to retain the references to specific ILO conventions and the ILO 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work as well as the necessity for continued collaboration between UN Women and the ILO in follow-up of the agreed conclusions.