Women still struggle to find a job, let alone reach the top: UN report
Women’s job opportunities have barely improved since the early 1990s, UN labour experts said on Thursday, warning that female workers are still penalized for having children and looking after them.
Released to coincide with International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, the International Labour Organization (ILO) report found that 1.3 billion women were in work in 2018, compared with two billion men – a less than two per cent improvement, in the last 27 years.
“Glass ceiling” concerns over the lack of upward mobility at work also persist, given that fewer than one third of managers are women.
“Women are still under-represented at the top, a situation that has changed very little in the last 30 years,” ILO’s report states.
According to the ILO’s findings, women’s pay is 20 per cent lower than men’s, as a global average.
This discrepancy is linked to a career-long “motherhood wage penalty”, which contrasts with the fact that fathers enjoy a “wage premium”.
Nearly 100 civilians a week are dying in Yemen: UNHCR
Civilians continue to pay a high price in the conflict in Yemen, according to the latest data released on Thursday by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.
On average, almost 100 civilian deaths or injuries were recorded each week in 2018, according to the latest Civilian Impact Monitoring Report, with more than 4,800 civilian deaths and injuries reported over the course of the year in total.
These casualty figures are based on open source data, collected and analysed within the UNHCR-led Protection Cluster which is part of the UN’s humanitarian response in Yemen.
The largest number of casualties were reported in Yemen’s volatile west coast, which includes Al Hudaydah governorate, one of the epicenters of the conflict since last June.
“The report illustrates the staggering human cost of the conflict” said Volker Türk, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees.
Civilians in Yemen continue to face serious risks to their safety, well-being and basic rights. Exposed to daily violence, many live in constant fear, turning in desperation to harmful coping mechanisms just to survive, he added.
Three in four children with disabilities left out of education in parts of Europe, Asia: UNICEF
Millions of children living with a disability are “excluded” from education and never enter school, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday.
It’s warned that the problem affects “at least 75 per cent” of the more than five million youngsters in Eastern and Central Europe, along with Central Asia.
Those who do enroll are less likely to complete primary or secondary education, UNICEF explained.
It is calling for more countries to invest in technology to provide educational solutions for disabled children; everything from e-tablets to lightweight, inexpensive wheelchairs and even computers that can put your thoughts into words.
Matt Wells, UN News.