Gender mainstreaming is an important step towards achieving gender equality and decent work. Towards this end, this ASEAN Guidelines was developed by the ASEAN Senior Labour Officials Meeting (SLOM) in cooperation with the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) to mainstream gender equality into labour and employment policies and practices in line with international standards in ASEAN Member States towards gender equality in the world of work and decent work for all. This ASEAN Guidelines targets four specific areas of focus being the areas most relevant in ASEAN: 1) employment promotion; 2) decent working conditions; 3) social and maternity protection; and 4) international labour migration.

This ASEAN Guidelines was developed under the coordination of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Viet Nam with the support of the ASEAN Secretariat and the Republic of Korea particularly through the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF), Republic of Korea Mission to ASEAN, and Ministry of Employment and Labor. This ASEAN Guidelines on Gender Mainstreaming into Labour and Employment Policies towards Decent Work For All was adopted by the 26th ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting in October 2020.

 This ASEAN Guidelines is intended primarily for officials of ministries responsible for labour and employment and national women’s entities, employers’ and workers’ organisations and women’s organisations to promote the integration of gender equality in world of work. Other stakeholders engaged in efforts to promote decent work and gender-responsive employment may use this ASEAN Guidelines for reference e.g. civil society organisations, local government units and the private sector.