Good Global Economic and Social Practices to Promote Gender Equality in the Labor Market

Date: December 2013
Type: Reports
Series: Promoting Gender Equality in the Labor Market for More Inclusive Growth
ISBN: 978-92-9254-359-4 (print), 978-92-9254-360-0 (web)
Price: US$21.00 (hardcopy)



Increasing job opportunities and decent work for women are essential for advancing economic and social development in countries, because many women continue to experience gender inequalities at work. An analysis of strategies to counter gender discrimination and promote equality between men and women shows how a combination of good practices in law and in social and economic policy can improve equitable employment opportunities, remuneration, and treatment for women and men at work.

This report provides some examples of good global economic and social practices to reverse unequal labor market outcomes for women and realize their economic potential to the full.

After reviewing the meanings of the key concepts, good practices for promoting women’s employment and decent work for inclusive growth are critically reviewed in five main areas. These areas are macroeconomic policy, employment strategies, entrepreneurship and the informal economy, transition from school to work, and social protection.


Policies and practices with potential to promote gender equality in the labor market are those with the following characteristics:

  • Policies and practices should recognize and address constraints or barriers that women experience in accessing the labor market and decent work;
  • The good practice should use an explicitly gendered design in order to enhance women’s access to, or benefits from, the practice; and
  • Good practices need to be placed within a broad macroeconomic development strategy that is employment-intensive, i.e., one that creates productive employment and decent work.


  • Introduction
  • Concepts Relating to, and Connections between, Gender Equality, Decent Work, and Inclusive Growth
  • Gender-Responsive Macroeconomic Policies
  • General Employment Strategies: Gender Mainstreaming and Gender-Responsive Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship and Informal Employment
  • Transitions from School to Decent Work
  • Social Protection
  • Conclusion
  • References