Gender equality

Where women work in Asia and the Pacific: Implications for policies, equity and inclusive growth

This study analyzes gender gaps in Asia and the Pacific’s labour market and shows why removing the barriers preventing women accessing decent work, increasing pay and improving working conditions can drive inclusive development and economic growth.

Drawing on an ILO sectoral employment database, it explains that while structural transformation has boosted jobs, women have benefitted less from growth in newer sectors that offer better pay and conditions. It highlights the need for gender-responsive measures that promote flexible working, expand maternity leave, and invest in education and training for women to boost gender equality in the labour market.