Friday, 27 November 2009
Whilst preparing for a workshop on gender-sensitive monitoring, I have come across the chart above. It shows -graphically!- the employment gap between women and men in Pakistan. The corners of the pentagon are: labour force participation rate, employment-to-population ratio, share in non-agricultural employment, share in wage and salaried employment, share in vulerable employment. The white shape shows the relevant percentages for men; the red one those for women. The only indicator where women surpass men is the share in vulnerable employment - subsistence agriculture, "informal" sector.
You may say that Pakistan is a place where women suffer particularly severe social restrictions in terms - but hey, the country was ruled by a woman not so long ago!