EU sources -Gender gap examined -January 18, 2013

In the report Global Employment Trends for Women 2012 the ILO examines the conditions of women’s engagement in the labour market, by estimating and analysing five key gaps, or gender differentials, between women and men which disadvantage women: in unemployment, in employment, in labour force participation, in vulnerability, and in sectoral and occupational segregation. Gender gaps in the economic indicators of unemployment and employment trended towards convergence in the period 2002 to 2007, but with reversals coinciding with the period of the crisis from 2008 to 2012 in many regions. The gap in labour force participation, examined over a longer period of the last two decades, shows convergence in the 1990s, but little to no convergence in the 2000s, with increasing gaps in some regions like South Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. Demographic and behavioural change appears to have added to the impact of the crisis, to reverse convergence in regions harder hit by the crisis, such as the advanced economies and Central and Eastern Europe. The final chapter discusses the need to expand social protection measures to reduce women’s vulnerability, the need to invest in their skills and education, and policies to promote access to employment across the spectrum of sectors and occupations.

English: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public ...  

 

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