Geneva — Progress towards gender parity at work has barely budged for the past quarter century, and will only speed up once men take on far more unpaid caregiving tasks, the UN said Thursday, on the eve of International Women's Day. The UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) said in a new report that the difference in employment rates for men and women has shrunk less than 2% in the past 27 years. In 2018, women still remained 26 percentage points less likely to be in employment than men, despite opinion polls indicating that far more women would prefer to have a job than to stay at home, the report showed. ‘Take more than 200 years’ The ILO said there were a number of factors blocking equality in employment — the biggest being the heavy caregiving burden borne by women. “In the last 20 years, the amount of time women spent on unpaid care and domestic work has hardly fallen, and men's has increased by just eight minutes a day,” said Manuela Tomei, head of ILO's Conditions of W...

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