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FW: ANNAN - DESPITE NEW OPPORTUNITIES, STEREOTYPES STILL KEEP WOMEN OUT OF KEY JOBS

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  • minu hemmati
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2005
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      > DESPITE NEW OPPORTUNITIES, STEREOTYPES STILL KEEP WOMEN OUT OF KEY JOBS -
      > ANNAN
      > 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
      > <"http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/60/162">report.
      >
      > 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
      >
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