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International Women’s Day 2019

  • 08 Mar 2019
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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the International Labor Organisation releases a report- A Quantum leap for gender equality: For a better future of work for all.

Key Findings

  • Women’s employment rates are declining due to the rapid transition from agriculture to industrial sectors and the lack of care services and infrastructure.
  • Under-representation of women at top management level in companies, globally less than one-third managers are women.
  • Globally the difference in the employment rates for men and women, has shrunk by less than two percentage points in last 27 years.
  • Women spend more time in unpaid care work at home contrast to man who spend just 8 minutes per day.
  • Women do not receive the same dividends for education as men.
  • Between 2005 and 2015, the motherhood employment penalty- the difference in the proportion of adult women with children under six years in employment and women without young children increased significantly by 38%.

International Women's Day

  • International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
  • The theme for this year Women’s Day is – “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, it puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.
  • International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
  • Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women's equality.
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