World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for women 2017

The World Employment and Social Outlook 2017: Sustainable enterprises and jobs provide figures and analysis on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and especially focus on job creation in SMEs over the last two decades.

It also looks at how investing in workers and innovation in these enterprises while boosting trade and social dialogue can stem rising global unemployment.

Key findings

  1. The report in short


    By ILO economists Sheena Yoon and Steven Tobin.

  2. © Yamuni Rashmika Perera / ILO

    Reducing gender gaps would significantly benefit women, society and the economy


  1. What causes gender gaps in the labour market?

    Certain factors seem to be preventing the narrowing of gender gaps in the world of work

Focus on

  1. What is keeping us from closing the gender gap?

    ILO Senior economist Steven Tobin discusses main barriers to narrowing gender gaps

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