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close this bookABC of Women Workers' Rights and Gender Equality (ILO, 2000, 124 p.)
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ABC of women workers' rights and gender equality

Women's rights and gender equality have gained growing attention over the past decades, both at international and national levels. In order to promote equality between women and men in the world of work, international labour standards and national legislation have been adopted on a wide range of related issues. However, workers are often unaware of their rights derived from these standards - a fact that has been increasingly identified as a major obstacle to their effective use.

This practical guide is intended to bridge that gap. Arranged alphabetically by topic, it focuses on States' or employers' obligations, and corresponding workers' rights, relating to gender concerns based on the ILO's Conventions and Recommendations. Recent socio-economic trends are also reflected in the guide.

The guide incorporates important information relevant to women workers in entries on sexual harassment, women in development, the glass ceiling and many more. Other major developments for both female and male workers are included under gender mainstreaming and other gender issues, fundamental principles and rights at work, globalization, export-processing zones, part-time work and workers with family responsibilities. Enforcement mechanisms and procedures which play a crucial role in the effective pursuit of individual rights are dealt with under the burden of proof, and remedies and sanctions.

Each entry provides a clear, succinct definition or description, and directs the reader to relevant ILO and other legal instruments, and to related topics in the guide.

With an easy-to-follow format, the guide is an essential tool for raising awareness and legal literacy on critical work and gender equality issues.

ISBN 92-2-110844-9