Towards a better future for women and work: Voices of women and men

Produced by: 
International Labour Office
Available from: 
June 2017
Paper author(s): 
Neli Esipova
Cynthia English
Topic: 
Gender Economics
Year: 
2017

Despite the considerable progress that has been made towards achieving gender equality in the world of work, certain constraints seem to be preventing it from accelerating. Consequently, as the ILO approaches its second century, we launched the Women at Work Centenary Initiative to take stock of the status and conditions of women and to identify innovative, effective actions that promote full and lasting gender equality and non-discrimination in the world of work. However, to go beyond “business as usual,” it is necessary to better understand why progress on delivering decent work for women has been so slow globally and far less than anticipated to date. A key building block, the perceptions and attitudes of women and men towards women and their work – whether unpaid at home or paid in the labour market – was missing. This ILO-Gallup project was borne out of the belief that we must listen first to identify what it will take to accelerate progress towards gender equality in the workplace. We approached Gallup to ask the world’s women and men about their attitudes towards women’s lives and work through the Gallup World Poll – and, in doing so, capture the human dimension that lies behind the statistics

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