New ILO report: Work-related gender gaps persist

A future of work in which women will no longer lag behind men is within reach, but it will take a quantum leap to get there, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report published for International Women's Day on Friday.

It 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 per cent of women prefer to have a job rather than staying at home and that men agree. In addition, the difference in the proportion of adult women with children under six years in employment, compared to women without young children, increased significantly, by nearly 40 per cent.

Source: VOV5