Human Rights at Work - Lee Swepston©

6 June 2008  

Equality in the Workplace

"Join the union, girls, and together say, 'Equal Pay for Equal Work'."

- Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

'The Revolution' - Woman Suffrage newspaper, 18 March 1869


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130 Years later, we are still dealing with the issues enjoined by the great American women's activist, Susan B. Anthony. Nowadays, the rallying cry is 'Equal pay for work of equal value' -- and politically conscious 'gentlemen' would certainly think twice before employing the term 'girls' to describe their female colleagues. But many of the old issues still remain to be resolved. In these pages, you may observe some of the influences ILO standards have had around the world. We trust Ms Anthony's energy still infuses the movement.

Women are not the only ones who suffer from discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination takes place on the bases of race, religion, political opinion. health - especially HIV/AIDS status - and social origin, among others. And discrimination in turn leads to other violations of human rights at work - child labour, forced labour and denial of the chance to earn a decent living. And discrimination has been at the origin of the terrible civil wars of recent years in Kosovo, in Rwanda and many others.

Equality of opportunity and treatment is a problem world-wide, and no society has achieved it in spite of many efforts. It is a continuous struggle, but international experience yields some techniques that can help move in the right direction.


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