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Gender equality and women’s rights are essential to achieving the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is time to back up political promises with action and resources. Increased investments in five key areas will have catalytic effects on the lives of women and girls, and accelerate development progress beyond 2015.
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The main messages of this Policy Brief "Transforming social institutions to prevent violence against women and girls and improve development outcomes" are that reducing violence against women matters for development; laws alone will not reduce violence against women; public awareness and community mobilisation programmes as well as economic support for women and incentives are necessary.
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This note summarises main issues from the synthesis on Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers: People with disabilities are under-represented in the workforce and over-represented among the poor...
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This note presents main issues on the role of growth and employment/unemployment developments in explaining recent income inequality trends in Brazil, China, India and South Africa, and discusses the roles played by labour market and social policies in shaping and addressing these inequalities.
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While work is often the best pathway out of poverty, employment does notalways guarantee an adequate living standard. At the outset of the currenteconomic downturn, the risk of in-work poverty was significant in mostOECD countries.
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The world economy is in a severe economic downturn with potentiallydire consequences for workers and their families. The ultimate dimensionsof this crisis are not yet known, but it is already clear that it will be thedeepest recession of the post-war era for the OECD area.
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The financial and economic crisis that began in 2008 has far-reaching implications for employment around the world. The slowdown in economic activity can be expected to raise unemployment, reduce international labour mobility and lead to an increase in informal employment.
Los resúmenes temáticos de la red GENDERNET exploran la igualdad de género, el empoderamiento de las mujeres y la cooperatiòn por el desarollo.
The policy briefs prepared by the DAC Network on Gender Equality highlights the importance of addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
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Birth rates have declined sharply in most OECD countries over the past few decades. The total birth rate was still sufficient to maintain a constant population in the early 1980s but has since declined to just 1.6 children per woman. This is well below the average of 2.1 children per woman needed just to maintain current population levels and will bring dramatic consequences – declining population levels in most OECD countries and a