This paper presents new information on trends in family and child outcomes and policies over the past decades, in order to assess whether there has been any convergence over time across OECD and EU countries. Important drivers of population structure such as life expectancy and fertility rates are becoming more similar across countries as are marriage and divorce rates.
Reconciling work and family commitments is a challenge in every country, but particularly for Japanese men and women. Much more so than in most other OECD countries, men and women have to choose between babies and bosses: men choose bosses, women less so, but on the whole there are very few babies and there is too little female employment. These shortcomings are increasingly coming to the fore and will have to be addressed.
This report from the OECD Gender Initiative is designed to inform, share policy experiences and good practices, and help governments promote gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship. It looks at the state of play from a gender perspective across all three issues, examines how and why inequalities have developed, and which obstacles must be overcome to move towards greater equality.
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Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills, according to this new OECD report.
The purpose of this consultation is to develop a shared understanding of a set of data that countries should monitor in order to inform policies for children’s well-being.
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This report was prepared to help Korea identify and address main social policy challenges. It suggests specific policy options and a strategy to “go social”, based on the practices and reforms that have worked well in other countries.
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“Rising inequality is not an inevitable trend. Better labour market and social policies for both men and women are key to tackling this serious threat,” said Mr. Gurría at the OECD’s Social Policy Ministerial meeting, chaired by Ms. von der Leyen, Germany’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
“The global recovery is gathering momentum but this progress will not bear fruits if governments fail to tackle the social crisis,” said Mr. Gurría at the opening of the Ministerial Meeting of the OECD’s Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee.