This Monday the 67th Commission on the Legal and Social Condition of Women is inaugurated, with a focus on technology
MADRID, 7 Mar. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The International Labor Organization (ILO) has created a new indicator to measure the gender gap in the workplace, and in a new study presents the data revealed by this indicator: 15 percent of women worldwide would like to work , but do not have a job, compared to 10.5 percent of men.
The UN specialized agency presents the report 'New data on gender differences in the labor market', which proves that using the unemployment rate to measure labor inequality between men and women is not effective.
"Global unemployment rates for women and men are very similar, because the criteria used to define unemployment tend to disproportionately exclude women," the statement accompanying the report details.
The report also highlights other results related to the gender gap, it is proven, for example, that personal and family responsibilities disproportionately affect women, especially unpaid care work.
It also points to the "maternity penalty" as a factor why women with young children are less likely to participate in the labor market than their peers. Women's earnings globally are also lower -- for every dollar of labor income earned by men, women earn 51 cents (for every 94 cents, women earn 48 cents).
This Monday the UN Commission on the Legal and Social Condition of Women was inaugurated, at an event in New York, in which the focus will be placed especially on technologies and how they can help or hinder the path to equality, empowerment and sustainability.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has vindicated the importance of the commission's work: "Your work this year to close the gender gap in technology and information could not be more timely. Because while technology advances, women and girls are being left behind.