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Gender Issues in Labor Markets


Giving Women Economic Opportunity: World Bank Initiatives
The ability to work is the poor’s main asset in developing countries.  Work provides individuals with income to meet material needs, reduces social isolation, and provides a sense of dignity and self-worth.  Labor markets contribute to poverty reduction and to development through the creation of more and better jobs.  In each country, the right combination of labor market regulations and labor market policies should help workers manage risks, foster the investment in human capital and help coping with poor working conditions.  This is especially important for women, who make up the majority of the world’s poor and who often experience greater barriers to their effective participation in the labor market.

This page provides useful links to people interested in integrating gender into development work in the area of labor markets.

 


 




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