Women civil servants in European Union countries risk losing jobsListen /
Women civil servants in countries of the European Union (EU) have been particularly hard-hit by recent cutbacks in jobs, wages and benefits.
That's the conclusion of a report entitled "Public Sector Adjustment in Europe" jointly compiled by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Commission.
It warns that these cuts will damage progress made towards gender equality in EU countries.
Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead, editor of the report, says that because women generally find more and better jobs in the public sector, they suffer more when that sector implements austerity measures.
"It's there that women started to be really at risk because, in fact, women are concentrated in the public sector. So employment is important in the public sector. And second it is in the public sector that they have a higher access to higher skills and better paid positions and traditionally they have working time arrangements and working family reconciliation measures which are much more developed in the public sector."