Trends for Women 2018 – Global snapshot: World Employment and Social Outlook

The past 20 years have witnessed some progress for women in the world of work and in terms of gender equality in society. Today, more women than ever before are both educated and participating in the labour market. 

This “global snapshot” looks at the progress (or lack thereof) made during the past decade and assesses women’s labour market prospects by examining the gaps between men and women according to a selection of ILO statistical indicators, namely labour force participation, unemployment, informal employment and working poverty. It shows that not only are women less likely than men to participate in the labour force, but when they do participate, they are also more likely to be unemployed and more likely to be in jobs that fall outside the scope of labour legislation, social security regulations and relevant collective agreements.

These findings complement ILO’s recent work on women’s labour market conditions and wages by providing an up-to-date quantitative assessment of the extent and depth of women’s disadvantages and how these are likely to evolve globally in the near future.


More information on the ILO’s work on gender equality is available on the ILO website The WESO Data Finder, available at, features the data used to produce this snapshot. It allows the creation of charts comparing countries, regions and indicators, and the download of the data. 

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