Globalization, Human Rights & Security

Women make up a majority of the world’s poor; more than half of immigrants, refugees and casualties of armed conflicts; and they are often the first to feel the brunt of economic, political, environmental and humanitarian crises. At the same time, women are essential partners for promoting conflict resolution, reducing extremism and promoting post-conflict reconstruction and sustainable development. However, governments and international organizations often overlook the significant contributions and vital perspectives of women and girls, thereby undermining effective security policies and peace-building initiatives. Human rights advocates and security experts are calling for more efforts to invest in women, implement gender-sensitive laws and policies and ensure that women are included at decision-making tables. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

Gender (In)equality in the Labor Market: An Overview of Global Trends and Developments

This report looks at the global gender pay gap, the effects of the current global economic downturn on women’s pay and employment, and the impact of violence against women in society. In 20 countries, the average gender pay gap is 22.4 per cent, and the gap generally widens with age. The global economic downturn is negatively affecting women, and violence against women has a direct and detrimental impact on the victim’s access to paid work.
 

URL: 
http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/GAP-09_EN.pdf

Global Employment Trends for Women

This report looks at the gender impacts of the financial crisis and slowdown in world economic growth. The report reconfirms that gender inequality remians an issue within labor markets globally. The report starts with an analysis of recent labor market developed economies, follows with a projection of labor market indicators for 2008 and 2009, and finishes by highlighting several policy considerations.
 

URL: 
http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_103456.pdf

Legal Momentum Applauds Critical First Step for Immigration Reform

Legislation must address plight of Immigrant Women and Families

New York (December 15, 2009) - Legal Momentum applauds the introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D.-Ill.), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus task force on immigration.

NCRW Fact Sheet: Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the most comprehensive federal legislation ever enacted to protect women, children, and families from violence. Programs under the act are administered through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

NCRW Fact Sheet: The International Violence Against Women Act

I-VAWA would apply the force of U.S. diplomacy and provide $1 billion over five years to institute measures to prevent the abuse and exploitation that affects so many women worldwide.

International Violence Against Women Act Introduced!

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The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) was introduced into the House and Senate today. Ritu Sharma of Women Thrive writes,


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Gender, Institutions and Development Database

The OECD Gender, Institutions and Development Database (GID-DB) represents a new tool for researchers and policy makers to determine and analyse obstacles to women’s economic development. It covers a total of 160 countries and comprises an array of 60 indicators on gender discrimination. The database has been compiled from various sources and combines in a systematic and coherent fashion the current empirical evidence that exists on the socio-economic status of women.
 

URL: 
http://www.oecd.org/document/16/0,3343,en_2649_33731_39323280_1_1_1_1,00.html

Global Private Sector Leaders Forum, Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

The Global Private Sector Leaders Forum is a group of influencial businesspeople and companies committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment. These leaders understand the importance of women’s contributions to business profitability and to the communities in which they operate. They are creating economic opportunities for women as an integral part of core business, community engagement and corporate diversity and inclusion.
 

URL: 
http://pslforum.worldbankgroup.org/

A Gender Perspective in Labor Market Governance, Asia Pacific Working Paper Series

This study looks at the Decent Work Agenda from the perspective of gender-related issues and
especially gender discrimination in the workplace. 

URL: 
http://www.ilo.org/public/english/region/asro/manila/downloads/wp17.pdf

Doing Business: Women in Africa

Report Promotes Reforms for Women’s Entrepreuneurship and focuses on women entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.
 

URL: 
http://www.doingbusiness.org/documents/women_in_Africa.pdf
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