Closing gender gap at work to bring benefits: UN report


UNITED NATIONS, June 15 (APP): Closing gender gap at work can open
doors to benefits for society and the economy, according to a new report released by a UN agency.
“Reducing gender disparities at workplaces by 25 percent by 2025 could
inject nearly 5.8 trillion U.S. dollars into the global economy and boost tax revenues,” the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said in the report.
Women already have significantly lower participation in the labour
market, but finding work for them remains more difficult than their male counterparts, the report said.
“Helping women access the labour market is nevertheless an important
first step,” the ILO said in a news release introducing the report.
According to the UN body, the global labor force participation rate for
women in 2017 is projected to be around 49 percent, nearly 27 percentage points lower than that of men.
This figure is expected to remain unchanged in 2018.
The report also emphasized the need to promote equal pay for work of
equal value, tackle root causes of occupational segregation, and eliminate violence and harassment at work.