International Labour Organisation (ILO) chief Guy Ryder

As the world commemorates the Women’s Day, only ‘marginal improvements’ have been registered in the world of work in the past 20 years, according to a global study.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) said the difference in the employment rate between men and women had decreased by 0.6% since 1995.

In countries where women access work more easily, the quality of their jobs ‘remains a matter of concern’.

Launching the report, ILO chief Guy Ryder said it showed ‘the enormous challenges women continue to face in finding and keeping decent jobs’.

“Throughout their working lives, women continue to face significant obstacles in gaining access to decent jobs,” the UN agency said.

igher levels of unemployment among young women

“Only marginal improvements have been achieved since… 1995.”

The report looked at data from 178 countries and found that the rate of women’s participation in the workforce was 25.5% lower than men’s participation in 2015 – a gap only 0.6% smaller than 20 years earlier.

In many regions of the world, women were more likely to stay unemployed – 6.2% of women are jobless across the world compared to 5.5% of men – and often had to accept lower quality jobs.