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ILO: Women still struggle globally to find a job

  • Published at 01:16 am March 8th, 2019
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Released on the eve of International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8, the International Labour Organization (ILO) report found that 1.3 billion women were in work in 2018, compared with two billion men - a less than two percent improvement in the last 27 years

Women's job opportunities have barely improved globally since the early 1990s, UN labour experts said on Thursday, warning that female workers are still penalized for having children and looking after them.

Released on the eve of International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8, the International Labour Organization (ILO) report found that 1.3 billion women were in work in 2018, compared with two billion men - a less than two percent improvement in the last 27 years, according to UN News.

A future of work in which women will no longer lag behind men is within reach, but it will take a quantum leap, not just hesitant incremental steps, to get there, according to a new ILO report.

"We need to make it happen, and the report, A Quantum leap for gender equality: For a better future of work for all, provides a way forward," said Director, ILO Conditions of Work and Equality Department, Manuela Tomei.

The report finds that in the last 27 years the difference in the employment rates for men and women has shrunk by less than two percentage points.

In 2018, women are still 26 percentage points less likely to be in employment than men. This contrasts with the findings of an ILO-Gallup 2017 global report on women's and men's preferences about women's participation in paid work, which found that 70% of women prefer to have a job rather than staying at home and that men agree.