Women's economic empowerment

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Balancing paid work and unpaid care work

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Valuing women’s work key to achieving new global goal on gender equality

A senior figure from the UN Labour Agency has stressed the importance of empowering women in employment, salaries and the working environment, urging governments to commit to this achievable, basic right. Shauna Olney, Chief of Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch at the International Labour Organization (ILO), said that quality of jobs is paramount and that workplace violence and under-representation in senior positions are two other prominent issues to tackle.

Developing more effective strategies for sex work, law and poverty

A new policy brief from the Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme at IDS highlights many issues around the welfare of female sex workers in low-income countries and places them within the wider context and discussion around sexuality and development. It specifically calls for further research and action around economic empowerment programmes.

Pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination and disadvantage

New research from the British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of work in Britain every year. It argues that the 'motherhood penalty' is a key cause of the gender pay gap where women earn, on average, 19.1 per cent less than men.

New paper on decent work and living wage

The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) has published a briefing on women in the labour market. It argues that over the past two decades neo-liberal globalisation has forced de-regulation of labour markets, increased the power and movement of capital and resulted in lower real wages, higher profits, increased inequality and diminished labour power. It has also significantly redefined women’s work.

Labour migration: The dark side of the coin

A new study by the International Labour Organization (ILO) explores the pitfalls of labour migration for women domestic workers, both within India and abroad, and looks at the nature of forced labour and trafficking in the region. The study entitled, 'Indispensable yet unprotected: Working conditions of Indian domestic workers at home and abroad', was done in collaboration with the Self Employed Women's Association in India (SEWA).


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