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Living with economic insecurity: women in precarious work

— theme: Rights and protection of migrants
— country: Asia, Pacific, Other Regions
— type: Recommendations

ITUC - 2011. This report looks at women’s economic insecurity focussing on the precariousness of their employment situation. It analyses global trends in the world of work from a gender perspective including the devastating impact of the 2008 global economic recession. It stresses that there is a second wave impact of the crisis on women which is insufficiently recognized.

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"The report underlines the boom of precarious and informal work in virtually all countries. The 2008 economic crisis has only accelerated an already rapid process of informalisation of work. It finds that women are most affected by these labour market trends and highlights how the overrepresentation of women in insecure forms of work undermines women’s rights, perpetuates gender inequalities in societies and dampens the prospects for sustainable economic progress.

The report challenges the blanket assumption that the increased participation of women in the labour market has provided them with the sufficient means to build economic security. It makes an urgent call to governments to shine the light on the poor quality of the jobs many women hold.

The report maintains that standard indicators and data used to measure developments on labour markets fail to capture the extent to which women are being driven into increasing economic insecurity. Over the last decades, millions of women have been pushed into financial vulnerability making their present and their future unstable. Too often, data on the particular situation of women is lacking."

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