ILO report finds women facing greater unemployment than men

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Khoeun is a Cambodian farmer living in the Kandal province. ILO/Sovannara K.

Women worldwide are facing higher levels of unemployment than men, according to a report launched on Tuesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Produced in collaboration with UN Women, it says this is unlikely to change over the coming years.

José Manuel Salazar is ILO Executive Director of Employment.

"From 2002 to 2007, in those five years, the female unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent compared with 5.3 per cent for males. This is a gender gap in unemployment of 0.5 points. The crisis raised this gender gap to 0.7 points, and it is estimated that this destroyed at least some 13 million jobs for women."

Duration: 25″

The report calls for country-specific policies that address gender gaps which result from economic, sociological and cultural factors, among others.

It also recommends the expansion of social protection measures to reduce women's vulnerabilities, and investment in skills and education.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration:  1’07″

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