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Women's work
Working Paper
The informal sector and the safety of female traders in Tanzania: A reflection of practices, policies, and legislation

This paper assesses the participation of female traders, safety factors, and existing policies and legislation in the informal sector in Tanzania...

Informal sector female entrepreneurship Tanzania
Working Paper
Improving young women’s working conditions in Tanzania’s urban food vending sector

In this paper, we investigate the working conditions of the young women working as assistants in the food vending sector in Tanzania using interviews and focus group discussions which are supplemented with quantitative survey...

Tanzania Working conditions Food retailing
Working Paper
Maternity benefits mandate and women’s choice of work in Viet Nam

Despite a sizeable literature on the labour market effects of maternity leave regulations on women in developed countries, how these policies affect women’s work in developing countries with a large informal sector remains poorly understood...

Maternity Women's work Informal sector
Policy Brief
The economic gains of reducing the employment gender gap in Morocco

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, including Morocco, currently record the lowest rates of female labour force participation (FLFP) in the world...

Female labour force participation Gender gap Employment
Blog
Supply or demand? Exploring the mechanisms behind the rise of female labour force participation in Mexico

At the global level, gender gaps in labour force participation have narrowed and over half a billion women have joined the workforce in the last 30 years...

Women's work Female labour force participation Economics
Blog
Motherhood and the gender gap in Latin America

Gender gaps in labour supply, income, and wages are still large despite the remarkable convergence of roles of men and women in labour markets over the last century...

Gender Motherhood Women's work
Blog
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle: Three guiding principles for a better deal
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The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite...

Decent Work Informality Women's work
Blog
Meet the women behind the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development programme

Globally, women are under-represented in the field of economics. Only a third of all academic research staff in the field of economics in Europe are women. In the US the share is even lower ...

Gender Women's empowerment Women's work
Factsheet
The quantity and quality of women’s work SDG5 Gender equality Women's work
Working Paper
Hidden from the data: Landholding patterns and women’s low work participation rates in West Bengal, India

Compared with most other Indian states, women’s reported work participation rates have historically been low in West Bengal. This trend is more prominent in rural areas...

Women's work Women's work participation rates Agriculture
Plenary session
Dismantling barriers to women's employment in developing countries

Watch the live stream recording This talk will discuss barriers to women’s participation in the labor force in low-income countries. First, services that free up women’s time to work outside the home, including child care services, are...

Women's economic empowerment Women's work Gender norms
News
Press release - Professor Kunal Sen starts as the director of UNU-WIDER

‘Economic transformation needs to be accompanied by political and social transformations if we are to see drastic increases in human wellbeing’

SDGs Transformation Informality
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