Economic growth in Asia and the Pacific will only translate into more and better jobs for women when legislative, economic, and social reforms are introduced, argue new publications by ADB and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
In a 130-minute live chat, Imrana Jalal, ADB senior social development specialist in gender, and Nelien Haspels, ILO senior specialist on gender and women workers issues, responded to questions about gender and the labor market from a total of 66 participants, the majority of whom stayed on for the duration of the live chat.
Some questions discussed were:
- What can be done to make more jobs available to women across Asia and the Pacific?
- How can education reduce the gender gap?
- Are gender divisions in domestic labor hampering women from succeeding in the workplace?
- How can governments tap women's potential for employment without having them leave their homes?
Imrana Jalal is Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender) at ADB. She has Bachelors and Masters degrees in law from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a Masters degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Nelien Haspels is Senior Specialist on Gender and Women Workers Issues, International Labour Organization (ILO). She holds a Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Sciences from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.