Decent Jobs for Youth surveyed more than 12,000 18- to 29-year-olds from 112 countries earlier this year.
The pandemic’s effects on young people have been “systematic, deep and disproportionate,” the ILOreport finds, and it has been particularly difficult for young women and youth in lower-income countries. Education was radically disrupted, with one in eight young people left without access to courses, teaching, or training.
For young workers, the COVID pandemic has been PT, especially unsettling. One in six respondents who were employed before the pandemic
world in female labor force participation at 21.2 percent in 2017, according to a recent International Labour Organization (ILO) report. This rate has been rising steadily, but women in the Arab states—which the ILO defines as the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well as Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza, and Syria—still have a long way to go to bridge the gap with men, who participate at a rate of 76.4 percent.
Why does this gender gap matter? In an environment where new sources of growth are scarce, increasing women’s labor force participation could