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Women at work

  • Published at 11:59 pm March 8th, 2019

Women are still lagging behind

We have just celebrated International Women’s Day -- a tradition that spans over a century now -- but it is a sad state of affairs that, when it comes to job opportunities overall, there has been very little to celebrate.

A report released on the eve of International Women’s Day by the International Labour Organization (ILO) found that 1.3 billion women were in work in 2018 compared to 2 billion men, which accounted for an improvement of less than 2% in the last 27 years. 

Additionally, women were still 26% less likely to be in employment than men, a stark contrast with another finding by ILO, who in 2017 reported than 70% of women globally preferred to be employed.

What is particularly distressing is that, by now, the whole world agrees that gender parity and equality in the workplace is unanimously positive, and there is plenty of research which confirms the financial, social, economic, and personal benefits it brings. 

Yet, as the numbers show, women are still lagging behind, still penalized for having children, still burdened with household responsibilities, and still perceived to not be able to do what a man can in the workplace. 

While it is encouraging to see that the Bangladesh government is doing its part to bridge this gap, and though we as a nation have made strides, we, as well as every nation on the planet, still have a long way to go before women are truly seen as equals in the workplace, and not as an afterthought.