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close this bookABC of Women Workers' Rights and Gender Equality (ILO; 2000; 124 pages)
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Career opportunities

All employees irrespective of their sex should be informed of promotion, transfer and training opportunities and likewise encouraged to pursue suitable opportunities. It should specifically be ensured that:

• all employees are informed of forthcoming vacant positions in a systematic and equitable manner;

• application requirements and procedures for transfers, promotions and training programmes are clearly defined and followed, and information on them is made available to all employees;

• restrictions deriving from agreements or arrangements of custom and practice are removed when they operate to exclude workers of one sex from promotion, transfer and training opportunities, or affect them disproportionately;

• a promotion plan is introduced whereby all job promotion opportunities are made known to encourage the participation of all employees, particularly those who traditionally have been excluded from promotion;

• transfer opportunities are available to all employees to avoid segregation within the workplace;

• training programmes are developed and regularly reviewed to assist all employees, in particular women, in overcoming obstacles to their development in employment, specifically in adjusting to structural change and technological innovation, with a view to increasing management and other skills.

Informal means of promoting women's career chances such as mentoring may also be provided.

C. 111: Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), 1958
R. 111: Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), 1958
C. 122: Employment Policy, 1964
R. 122: Employment Policy, 1964
C. 88: Employment Service, 1948
R. 83: Employment Service, 1948
C. 142: Human Resources Development, 1975
R. 750: Human Resources Development, 1975
R. 169: Employment Policy (Supplementary Provisions), 1984

→ see also Affirmative (positive) action

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