In the context of the world of work, equality between women and men includes the following elements:
- Equality of opportunity and treatment in employment
- Equal remuneration for work of equal value
- Equal access to safe and healthy working environments and to social security
- Equality in association and collective bargaining
- Equality in obtaining meaningful career development
- A balance between work and home life that is fair to both women and men
- Equal participation in decision-making at all levels
The ILO has adopted an integrated approach to gender equality and decent work. This means working to enhance equal employment opportunities through measures that also aim to improve women’s access to education, skills training and healthcare – while taking women’s role in the care economy adequately into account. Examples of these include implementing measures to help workers balance work and family responsibilities, and providing workplace incentives for the provision of childcare and parental leave.
With their traditionally low status in society, indigenous women in Papua are the most affected by poverty and underdevelopment. Gita F. Lingga, Communications Officer in the ILO Office in Jakarta, reports about a recent ILO project which trained hundreds of indigenous Papuans, mostly women, in basic entrepreneurship skills.
January 21, 2011
This interagency report, produced by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Office (ILO), is the first comprehensive look at gender and work in rural areas since the start of the global economic crisis.