Women: Economy and Employment

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(Adapted from Gender and Rights: Analysis for Action by Cecilia Ng.)

The 2009 International Labour Organization (ILO) report on Global Employment Trends for Women warned that, with the deepening of the recession in 2009, the global job crisis is expected to worsen, exacerbating gender inequality. Moreover, the current crisis will place new hurdles towards sustainable and socially equitable growth, making it increasingly difficult for women to find decent work. Among the affected will be the many women in the informal sector, which has been facing lower earnings and fewer social protections for its workers. As pointed out in the ILO report, these workers are most likely to be “the first to lose their jobs and to suffer heavily from a decline in level of living”.


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