Progress in recognising the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is undeniable: ILO

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is stepping up efforts to eradicate workplace discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

In a statement on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said the world of work has been a crucial arena for spearheading legal change, ending stereotypes and promoting understanding of the need for dignity of all human beings.

The statement says "The progress in recognizing the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people over the past decade is undeniable. However, major challenges remain". It notes that "on this important day for world recognition of equality for all, the ILO affirms its commitment to strive for workplaces free of discrimination on all grounds, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

According to the statement, "Through advancing workplace rights for women, persons with disabilities and people living with HIV, the ILO has been, and continues to be, at the forefront in advancing human rights for all workers".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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