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The segregated labour market

Watch Christine Bigler explore the concept and roots of labour market segregation.
In this video, Christine Bigler explores the concept and roots of labour market segregation.

Labour markets are closely connected to a society’s existing gender norms, relations and stereotypes. These are the roots of labour market segregation. Christine Bigler describes the concepts of vertical and horizontal segregation in the labour market and identifies the characteristics of the informal labour market. She explains that in order to achieve more gender equality in the world of work, transformative policies are needed at global, national and local levels.

Can you think of examples of horizontal and vertical segregation in your own environment? What would be needed to overcome the situation? We look forward to reading your comments!

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Gender and Labour in the Global South

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