International Labor Organization 

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by Alliya Dulaney

The International Labor Organization (ILO) was first established in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles and as a part of the League of Nations and eventually became the first specialized agency in 1946. The ILO works in setting labor and living standards and policies for men and women. In addition to promoting better living and working conditions, the ILO also provides technical assistance in social policy, compiles labor statistics, conducts research on social problems and helps to protect the right of international migrants according to Britannica. As the only tripartite agency or three system party, the ILO has 175 members that not only comprise of Member States but employers and workers as well. With the various member representatives, the ILO has three main bodies which include the International Labor Conference, the Governing body and the International Labor Office.