- Discrimination, including stereotypes, that undermine access to decent work
- Low pay and the absence of equal pay
- Lack of recognition, unequal distribution and undervaluation of care work
- Violence and harassment
Research and knowledge developmentILO-Gallup: Towards a better future for women and work: Voices of women and men, provides a first-ever account of global views and experiences of women and men regarding women and work. Based on a representative sample in 142 countries and territories, the ground-breaking report confirms that most women want to be working in a paid job, and that men agree. But work-family balance/access to care is the major obstacle that women face globally, as acknowledged by both women and men. The results have major implications for focusing policy responses around the globe. Country-level data is available in the report and online.
This survey clearly shows that most women and men around the globe prefer that women have paid jobs. Family-supportive policies, which enable women to remain and progress in paid employment and encourage men to take their fair share of care work, are crucial to achieving gender equality at workGuy Ryder, ILO Director-General
World Employment Social Outlook: Trends for women 2017, updates the labour market trends and provides predictions up to 2021 based on current trends. It also highlights the significant economic benefits if the G20 target of reducing the gap in participation rates between women and men by 25% by the year 2025 were to be reached globally.
Transformation of women at work in Asia: An unfinished development agenda, highlights challenges that women across Asia face in gaining access to decent work, and makes important policy recommendations.
Women in business and management: Gaining momentum, provides a comprehensive picture of women in management positions in businesses. Despite measures to break the glass ceiling, there are still significant hurdles for women to reach senior positions. An Asian report was launched at a regional conference in Singapore in July 2015 and the MENA report was launched in Oman in February 2016. A conference was held in Lima for the Americas and the Caribbean in May 2017, and a regional reportwas also published.
Global Gender Dialogues
Regulating decent work Conference: The future of workThe Conference was held in Geneva from 3-5 July 2017. The focus was on the future of work, and there was a strong emphasis on issues at the heart of the women at work centenary initiative, including focusing on care jobs and the care economy as an opportunity for the future of decent work.
ILO World of Work 2017 SummitThe International Labour Conference World of Work Summit was dedicated to the theme of “A better future for women at work”. A curtain raiser video was screened at the event that involved an interactive dialogue among ILO constituents/experts on women at work and eliciting thinking on the issue from world leaders, as well as highlighting transformative action that has been taken by a range of stakeholders. Three women Heads of State, from Malta, Mauritius and Nepal, addressed the Summit.
ILO - Oxford University Human Rights Hub and University of KentAn international conference took place on 18-19 May 2017 to assess whether current legal strategies and policies have failed to break cycles of disadvantage, and how to chart a new course for action. A selection of academic papers and blogs informed the discussions.
ILO-Nordic Council of Ministers Global Gender DialogueA Global Gender Dialogue took place in Helsinki in November 2016, hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Dialogue provided a platform to take stock of the Nordic models and experiences in relation to gender equality in the world of work, and to exchange with international constituents and experts from all regions. A specific focus was placed on the experience and analysis of promoting women in leadership and promoting work-family balance. Two think pieceswere prepared for the dialogue.
Asia-Pacific Regional Conference: Women and the future of work in the Asia-PacificFollowing an APEC workshop on Improving quality employment opportunities for women, supported by the Government of Australia, the Government is partnering with the ILO to develop a regional report and host a high-level regional conference on ‘Women and the Future of Work’ in 2018.
The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)Launched in September 2017 during the UN General Assembly, EPIC is a multi-stakeholder partnership, led by ILO, UN Women and OECD, to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which calls for equal pay for work of equal value. EPIC is founded on the recognition that no single actor can solve this challenge alone and that efforts can be accelerated through leveraging expertise across a diverse range of stakeholders.
The Global Wage Report 2018/19The ILO’s flagship Global Wage report will focus on gender wage and earnings inequalities, and will also provide data that will be included in The future of women at work report (see below).
Violence and harassment in the world of work
ILO Tripartite Meeting of Experts on violence against women and men in the world of workA standard-setting discussion to develop a new ILO standard(s) was approved by the ILO Governing Body. A Tripartite Meeting of Experts was held 3-6 October 2016. The report of the meeting will inform the standard-setting discussion during the first discussion in 2018. A law and practice report has also been prepared for the Conference discussion, which also contains a questionnaire, calling for replies from Governments after consultation with the most representative organizations of workers and employers.
Care economy and care jobsA core theme that has emerged from the Initiative is the need to focus more on care work, both as an area of employment growth as well as a means of supporting women’s equal opportunities in the world of work. A web portal on the care economyhas been developed. The portal showcases the extensive work of the ILO in this area that involves different ILO departments.
This animation shows the care spectrum and how each stage is linked to decent work. A simplified manual for care-givers is being developed, to be field tested in the Arab States.
A report on Care jobs and the care economy in a changing world will be launched in 2018. Based on the report, a Global Care Dialogue will be held in 2018 to examine innovative approaches, policies and concrete action.
The Government of Flanders is supporting the work on care in the context of the initiative, with contributions from the Government of Sweden.