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close this bookABC of Women Workers' Rights and Gender Equality (ILO; 2000; 124 pages)
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Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction: Labour standards promoting women workers' rights and gender equality (Ingeborg Heide1)
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View the documentHarassment and pressure (bullying, mobbing)
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Human resources development

Deep-rooted perceptions regarding the work of men and women have been identified as a major obstacle to gender equality. The development of human resources should tackle these traditional attitudes by raising awareness, investing in women's human capital and thus increasing their employability.

Efforts should be made to inform and influence the general public, as well as parents and employers, on the need to replace traditional attitudes with a new understanding of work and gender equality. It is also essential to develop human resources at the enterprise level, involving workers' participation. Appropriate policies and programmes should be developed and implemented in the fields of:

• vocational guidance and vocational training, closely linked with employment;

• training for managers and self-employed persons;

• programmes for particular areas or branches of economic activity and for particular groups of the population;

• the promotion of gender equality in training and employment;

• training for migrant workers;

• training staff in vocational training and vocational guidance, research and administrative aspects, and preparing them to serve on representative bodies.

Vocational training and vocational guidance play a vital role in diversifying the professional choices of women and facilitating their access to better-paid jobs, autonomous work, managerial posts and entrepreneurship.

C. 111: Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), 1958
R. 111: Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), 1958
C. 117: Social Policy (Basic Aims and Standards), 1962
C. 140: Paid Educational Leave, 1974
C. 142: Human Resources Development, 1975
R. 150: Human Resources Development, 1975

→ see also Access to employment, Occupational segregation, Vocational guidance and Vocational training

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