Training Outline

2.1 Standard Lecture: ILO Conventions and Recommendations (20 minutes)

  • Using Transparency 3, explain what the International Labour Organization (ILO) is. Explain that the ILO carries out its mission mainly by setting standards through the adoption of international labour Conventions and Recommendations.
  • Explain that promoting equal employment opportunities has been a key objective of the ILO since before the end of the Second World War. Use Transparency 4 to review the "Declaration of Philadelphia" adopted by the International Labour Conference in 1944.
    OPTIONAL EXERCISE (30 minutes): Ask participants to reflect on the "Declaration" and share their thoughts and impressions about what it actually means to them. Ask participants to give concrete examples of how this belief is currently held or where there may be limitations in their countries, and record the answers on flipchart paper.
  • Use Transparency 5 to highlight actions taken by the ILO that have brought us to this point in the history of promoting equal employment opportunities. Point out to participants that while many of the Conventions referenced apply to persons with disabilities, nevertheless, the Convention concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation, 1958 (No. 111) did not explicitly mention disability as a protected category against discrimination.
  • End this section by using Transparencies 6–8 to finish highlighting specific actions taken on the part of the ILO to reinforce the importance of equal employment opportunity for all.