The International Training Centre of the ILO: Gender and non-Discrimination Programme

What is the International Training Centre of the ILO1

The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) is based in Turin, Italy and is the training arm of the ILO, the UN specialised agency that seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

The ITC/ILO Gender and non-Discrimination Programme: supporting organizations’ capacities to promote gender equality

The ITC/ILO has been running specific activities in the field of women’s empowerment and gender equality since the early 90s.

The ITC/ILO Gender Coordination and non-Discrimination Programme (GNDP) was established in the year 2000, to ensure that all the training and capacity building activities undertaken by ITC/ILO are actively promoting gender equality and non-discrimination, in line with the core mission of the ILO, that is, to promote “Decent Work for all Women and Men”.

GNDP offers its services to individuals and institutions who wish to reinforce their capacity to promote equality and non-discrimination at work. GNDP staff design and deliver projects, tools, products and training activities, using innovative knowledge sharing techniques, participatory social assessment methodologies, audio-visual materials as well as web-based applications. Courses are also provided via an “On-line Gender Campus”.

In this context, GNDP has developed a specific expertise in applying a methodology developed and successfully tested by the ILO over the last 10 years: the “ILO Participatory Gender Audit”.

A selection of recent experiences includes:

  • 2011 Participatory gender audit of international NGOs (Norway)
  • 2010 Training of gender audit facilitators (regular courses are run on campus and tailor-made courses were designed for UN Agencies in Uganda, Rwanda, Cape Verde, Mozambique)
  • 2010- 2008 Participatory gender audits of ILO offices and other international and national organisations
  • 2010 Training on gender mainstreaming for UNIDO staff in Vienna Headquarters
  • 2008-2009 “Break gender stereotypes, give talent a chance”: training and awareness raising campaign on gender-sensitive human resource practices in SMEs (30 European countries (EU + European Economic areas) (2008 – 2009), (
  • 2009 Gender and development cooperation training for the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Helsinki
  • 2009 Capacity building for gender mainstreaming for the South African Department of Water Affairs
  • 2008-2010 Training in Gender and Project Cycle Management for ILO project managers and constituents in Cameroon, Angola , Ethiopia and in the the ILO/Turin University Master on “Management of Development”.
  • 2008-2009 Capacity building on participatory gender auditing for gender-sensitive government services (South African Republic)
  • 2004-2007 Capacity building for gender mainstreaming in EC Development Cooperation: large project targeting all the European Commission services responsible for co-operation with third countries. Activities took place in Brussels and in 25 countries from Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America.
  • 2002 “ASPASIA” project (Italian European Social Fund), which promoted an equal opportunity culture in institutions: a participatory methodology with 100 experts defined a competence profile of an “Equal Opportunity Promoter” (one year, 2002); Delivery of gender audits for ILO offices as well as for UN agencies (in cooperation with ILO Bureau for Gender Equality) and for other entities.

Main tasks to be developed by the ILO/International Training Center

Coordinating partner of the WP2 “Gender-targeted and Comparative organizational analysis”; participation in the three Laboratories; technical assistance to the definition and implementation of the self-tailored action plans. Coordinating partner of the Laboratory on human resources management in a gender mainstreaming perspective. (WP3 – LAB1)


1 ITC/ILO a UN Specialised agency established by agreement between the Italian government and the International Labour Organisation.

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