Shauna Olney

Shauna Olney


Chief of Gender, Equality and Diversity
International Labour Organization (ILO)

Shauna Olney is the Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.  She studied law at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and as a postgraduate at the University of Oxford. Ms Olney has worked at the ILO for over 20 years, promoting equality at work from a range of perspectives. She leads the ILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative, which has generated an important body of new research and data, supporting a transformative agenda for gender equality. She also led the preparatory work culminating in the new ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment (No. 190) adopted by ILO constituents in June 2019.

She began her career as a barrister and solicitor in Canada, specialising in industrial relations, labour law and human rights, and also worked at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was a Deputy member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, and was chosen by Apolitical as one of the 100 most influential people in gender policy for 2019.

She has authored and co-authored a number of publications on equality and non-discrimination, including “Migrant Workers and the Right to Non-discrimination and Equality” in Migrants at Work (OUP); “A Better Future for Women at Work” (University of Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal); Equal Pay: An introductory guide (ILO); ‘The ILO, gender equality, and trade unions’ in Making globalization work for women (Suny Series, Praxis).

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