Unprotected Employment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A GenderEquality and Workers’ Rights Perspective.

4 10 2008

URL: http://www.awid.org/eng/Women-in-Action/New-Resources/A-New-Resource-ILO-Unprotected-Employment-in-the-West-Bank-and-Gaza-Strip-A-Gender-Equality-and-Workers-Rights-Perspective. Source: Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).

This report notes that the nature of employment is rapidly and dramatically changing around the world, including in Arab States. The increasing flexibility of labour markets at global and local levels has led to a rise of informal employment, self-employment and typical forms of employment. This process, termed as informalisation, has been accompanied by an increase of insecurity and poverty. Informalisation also has a gendered nature with differential earnings, choices and locations of activities, level of competition, and time allocated to work, with significant implications for women, especially young women in Arab States. While employment is the main path out of poverty, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Agenda underscores the significance of quality as well as quantity of jobs generated.

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