FW: ANNAN - DESPITE NEW OPPORTUNITIES, STEREOTYPES STILL KEEP WOMEN OUT OF KEY JOBS
> DESPITE NEW OPPORTUNITIES, STEREOTYPES STILL KEEP WOMEN OUT OF KEY JOBS -
> New York, Aug 25 2005 6:00PM
> Although globalization has raised women's awareness of employment options
> and improved job opportunities - particularly in the service sector -
> lingering stereotypes and rigid gender roles can keep them from entering
> male-dominated sectors or accessing top managerial positions, United
> Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new
> Further efforts are needed to address the gender wage gap and gender
> segmentation of the labour market and to improve women's job security,
> including in the largely female dominated service sector, Mr. Annan says
> in a report to the General Assembly on women in development.
> The report focuses on the impact of globalization on women's empowerment
> and employment, using examples from the service sector, which is estimated
> to be the largest and fastest-growing segment of the world economy and
> includes professions ranging from education and health services to
> professional and business services.
> Mr. Annan also notes the impact on migrant women and trafficked women, who
> often find themselves trapped in sweatshops and types of exploitation that
> constitute contemporary forms of slavery. Many migrant women also work in
> health sector jobs such as nursing or physical therapy, following
> well-recognized gender stereotypical paths to what is perceived to be
> "acceptable economic activities for women."
> "The gender segmentation of the labour market creates an additional
> challenge for women in the economy," Mr. Annan says, calling for policies
> that enable both men and women to take advantage of service sector
> opportunities, particularly in traditional areas such as information and
> communication technology and tourism.
> He also says that national policies and practices needed to be reviewed to
> eliminate discrimination against migrant women employed in the service
> sector. "Increased attention should be given to gender-specific barriers
> to migration, recruitment practices, access to information, human rights
> protection and remittance procedures," he adds.
> 2005-08-25 00:00:00.000