Gender at work: a companion to the World Development Report on Jobs

Gender at work: a companion to the World Development Report on Jobs

This report from the World Bank’s Gender and Development group is a companion to the WDR 2013 on jobs. Globally, fewer than half of women have jobs, compared to four-fifths of men. The paper looks at constraints and promising practices. It recommends investing more in women’s capabilities as well as removing structural barriers such as discriminatory laws, which are still very common. The report notes that since women face multiple constraints to jobs, starting early and extending throughout their lives, progressive, broad-based, and coordinated policy action is needed to close gender gaps. Common constraints include lack of mobility, time, and skills; exposure to violence; and the absence of basic legal rights.

[summary from Governance and Social Development Resource Centre http://gsdrc.org/go/topic-guides/gender/gender-and-economic-rights]

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