Female Industries Will Be Hit Hard as Recession Spreads

Map of world The global unemployment rate for women in 2009 is projected at 7.4% compared to 7.0% for men in the latest report from International Labour Office.   The UN’s Labour body predicts numbers of unemployed women worldwide could rise to 22 million this year as the global economic crisis deepens.  With initial impacts felt in male dominated sectors such as finance, construction and manufacturing, the shock waves are spreading into service-orientated sectors and wholesale retail trade which in most industrialised countries are dominated by women as both business owners and employees.  ‘Global Employment Trends for Women’ claims that the impacts on women can be alleviated if governments sign up to gender equality measures, and ensure that new jobs created by economic stimulus packages guarantee fair salaries and social protection measures. 

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