A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
March 2021
TODAY: Deadline to submit proposals to the 14th RIAL Call for Bilateral Cooperation
Today, Monday, March 15, is the deadline for Ministries of Labor to submit proposals to the 14th RIAL/OAS Call for Proposals for Bilateral Cooperation. This RIAL tool has allowed Ministries throughout the Americas to exchange experiences, receive technical advice and strengthen their bonds around key issues such as labor inspection, social dialogue, conciliation, professional training, occupational health and safety, and the eradication of child labor, among many others. 
We look forward to receiving your proposals!

8M: RIAL/OAS reaffirms its commitment to achieve a fair working environment for all women  

In the framework of International Women's Day, the RIAL-OAS reaffirmed its commitment to continue working with the Ministries of Labor to achieve gender equality in the labor market and an world of work free of gender-based violence.

Gender equity has been a recurring priority theme in the IACML. From 2018 to date, actions have been achieved such as updating the study on gender mainstreaming in the Ministries of Labor, a hemispheric dialogue with gender focal points on actions to address the effects of the pandemic on women (in conjunction with the Inter-American Commission of Women -CIM), bilateral activities on the implementation of Convention 189 on Domestic Work, and currently, in partnership with the Educational Portal of the Americas and the CIM, a course is being developed on the prevention and eradication of gender-based violence at work.
Read the inphographic we prepared to commemorate this day 
COVID-19: An opportunity to transform women's employment 

The loss of more than 30 million jobs in the region and its disproportionate impact on women, according to the IDB's COVID-19 Labor Observatory, is due mainly to the overrepresentation of women in the service sector, which was specially affected during the pandemic, the responsibility of care and the increase of unpaid domestic work. All this, aggravated by the increase in digital and technological skills gaps, which makes it difficult for them to regain or secure employment. Throughout the region, women have reported the highest unemployment rates. 

The IDB states that if existing gender gaps were closed, the size of the economy could increase by up to 22%. In view of this, it recommends that the crisis can be used as an opportunity to reshape the world of work, making it more resilient, stable and equitable for women in the region.
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8M: Ministries announce actions to move towards a more equitable labor market 

As part of the commemoration of International Women's Day, the Ministries of Labor of the region announced measures to advance gender equity in the labor market. The measures include programs to promote the training and certification of young women workers, labor inspection guides with a gender focus, job fairs with a gender focus, and inter-ministerial roundtables to implement Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the workplace. 
(Includes latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)

Argentina: University Program for Professional Education Presented
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Canada: Investment to provide training for young women announced
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Chile: Pension system reform proposal extends coverage to 80%
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Costa Rica: Guide for Labor Inspection with a gender approach presented 
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Ecuador: Violet Economy project presented to promote women employment 
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Guatemala:  Award presented to working women
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Mexico: National Job Fair with gender prespective 
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Paraguay: Job tests for job seekers 
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OAS: Deadline to submit porposals to the RIAL 14th Call 
March 15th
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ILO: Next meetings and events 
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OAS: Courses on the Education Portal of the Americas 
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OAS: Opportunities for Funding (Rowe Fund)
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OAS: Scholarship opportunities 
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ILO: Employment and Social Outlook Report: the role of digital platforms
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ILO: COVID-19 and the World of Work Monitor 7th Edition 
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ILO/ECLAC: Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Employment Trends in an unprecedented crisis, policy challenges

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ECLAC: Building a new future: Transformative recovery with Equality and Sustainability 

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ILO: Working from home, from invisibility to decent work 

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ILO: Labor Overview in the Times of COVID-19 

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