Research Brief: Higher education and lower unemployment rates linked to improved access to decent work for women

August 2023

Read PEP's research brief highlighting preliminary findings from a study that aims to identify and mitigate barriers to women's access to decent work in low- and middle-income countries.

Our "Addressing context-specific barriers to female labour force participation in decent work" research initiative works to help bridge the gender disparity in labor markets, recognizing that eliminating these imbalances is vital for sustainable development and economic growth. Our core aim is to examine context-specific barriers that hinder women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) from accessing quality jobs and to identify pathways to removing these barriers—legal, social, or otherwise.

To support policymakers, advocates, our partners in this area and other relevant stakeholders, we've developed a research brief highlighting preliminary findings from an expansive study carried out through this initiative. The document presents compelling data sourced from 208 countries over a span of six years and underscores the pressing need for targeted interventions.

Access the research brief on "Higher education and lower unemployment rates linked to improved access to decent work for women"

This brief covers insights on:

  • Differences in labor force participation rates among genders
  • Proportions of women in non-vulnerable employment
  • Influence of economic, legal, and socio-cultural factors on women's access to quality jobs
  • The role of existing laws and the significance of drafting new, effective laws
  • Insights into policy gaps across different countries

This research has been made possible through the generous funding from Co-Impact.

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