By Funmi Komolafe, Abdulwahab Abdulah & Chioma Obinna
LAGOSâ€”As women mark the International Womenâ€™s Day today, the International Labour Organisation, ILO,Â hasÂ stated that 15 years after the Beijing conference on womenâ€™s rights, millions of women are far from attaining equality with their male colleagues in the workplace, according to ILO.
In a report to make the 2010 International Womenâ€™s Day, ILO stated:Â ”Despite signs of progress in gender equality over the past 15 years, there is still a significant gap between women and men in terms of job opportunities and quality of employment.â€
ILO seeks gender equality
ILO, according to aÂ report, entitled, â€œWomen in labour markets: Measuring progress and identifying challengesâ€ noted â€œthat more than a decade after the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing adopted an ambitious global platform for action on gender equality and womenâ€™s empowerment, gender biases remain deeply embedded in society and the labour market.â€
The ILO report shows that the rate of female labour force participation has increased from 50.2 to 51.7 per cent between 1980 and 2008, while the male rate decreased slightly from 82.0 to 77.7 per cent. As a result, the gender gap in labour force participation rates has narrowed from 32 to 26 percentage points.
However, as part of activities to markÂ the occasion, the Standard Chartered Bank has launched its award-winning Goal programme with a view to reaching 10,000 girls with football training, life skills and financial literacy education.