AIAS Lunch Seminar 21 April by Kea Tijdens & Maarten van Klaveren - AIAS

Women’s work and employment in developing countries: results of 14 countries’ overview studies

Maarten van Klaveren and Kea Tijdens


We will present and discuss some significant outcomes of the overview studies on women’s work and employment, that the AIAS prepared on behalf of the large Decision for Life (DfL) project. This project, carried out from 2008-2011, aimed to raise awareness amongst young female workers about their employment opportunities and career possibilities, family building and the work-family balance. DfL project partners were the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Union Network International (UNI), the WageIndicator Foundation, and AIAS. Included were 14 countries, notably Brazil, India, Indonesia, the CIS countries Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and the sub-Saharan countries Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The main target group consisted of young women working in services in urban areas.
The AIAS studies on behalf of DfL have resulted in 14 AIAS Working Papers. our Lunch Seminar contribution will concentrate on the seven African countries, where appropriate zooming out to relevant illustrations from the other DfL countries. Constraints and solutions for young women will be treated grouped in four domains: family life; education; the workplace, and the labour market. It will be shown that throughout the sub-Saharan countries, the incidence of HIV/AIDS; gendered poverty and income insecurity, and lack of compliance with workers’ and women’s rights remain constraints for considerable groups of young women.

Day: Thursday 21 April
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 3rd floor M building (Business School), Plantage Muidergracht 12, Amsterdam
Registration: Please send an email ( before Tuesday 19 April, 12.00 hrs to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.

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