Readers interested in the report you have shared may also be interested in this joint publication of the Asian Development Bank and ILO: Women and Labour Markets in Asia: Rebalancing for Gender Equality.
Published in 2011, the report says that although Asia is helping to lead the global economy, recovery of the labor market from the recent global economic and financial crisis has not kept pace. In some developing countries, particularly in East Asia, job growth is back, but the quality of jobs being created is a major concern. In particular, 45 per cent of the vast productive potential of Asian women remains untapped, compared to just 19 per cent for Asian men.
The report further points out that poor quality jobs are a greater labor market challenge for women than unemployment. A large proportion of women in Asia toils
in low-productivity, vulnerable and low-paid informal work. In addition, female youth unemployment is high and women remain largely perceived as a buffer workforce or secondary earners next to men.
Suggested policies include support for women entrepreneurs; assisting women working in agriculture to boost productivity; reducing Asia’s over-reliance on the
informal sector; promoting equal access to quality education and training; gender-responsive social protection; ensuring equality in representation and decision-making; and following a rights-based approach.
The report can be downloaded here: http://www2.adb.org/documents/reports/women-labor-markets/women-labor-markets.pdf
Bart W. Édes
Director, Poverty Reduction, Gender
and Social Development Division
Asian Development Bank, Metro Manila, Philippines