World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for women 2017

The new World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for Women 2017 examines the global and regional labour market trends and gaps, including in labour force participation rates, unemployment rates, employment status as well as sectoral and occupational segregation.

This report also presents a global in-depth analysis of the key drivers of female labour force participation by investigating the personal preferences of women and the societal gender norms and socio-economic constraints that women face.

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

Watch the interview with the authors of the report on Facebook

February 2018

  1. Publication

    Appendices of the WESO Trends for Women Snapshot 2018

    28 February 2018