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Executive Summary for July 13th

In this week’s wrap-up of gender news: Automation threatens women’s jobs in Asia, gender attitudes change in the U.K., and new findings on the cost of failing to educate girls.

Published on July 13, 2018 Read time Approx. 2 minutes

Women Under Greatest Threat From Automation

Women in Southeast Asia are more likely to lose their jobs because of the rise in automation, a new study into global trends in human rights has found.

Up to 2.6 million women employed in Vietnam’s garment industry could lose their work, along with 600,000 women in Cambodia. In both countries, 85 percent of garment industry jobs are under threat of being replaced by robots; 76 percent of the jobs are held by women.

The report also warns that automation could lead to higher levels of human trafficking and modern slavery in the region.

U.K. Increasingly Rejects Traditional Gender Roles

Thirty years ago, nearly half of British people thought men should go out to work while women stayed at home to care for families. Today, only 8 percent of Britons feel that way. The results of the latest British Social Attitudes survey show how ideas about traditional gender roles have changed since pollsters began collecting data in 1984.

When it comes to working mothers of young children, attitudes are more evenly split: One-third of British people think that mothers of children below school age should stay at home, while 38 percent think they should work part-time. Only 7 percent think women with preschool children should work full-time.

The majority of people think that two parents who earn similar amounts should share parental leave – 39 percent think women should take the most, 30 percent think leave should be split evenly and 15 percent think women should take the whole amount.

Failing to Educate Girls Costs the World up to $30 Trillion

The global economy is missing out on $15–30 trillion in lost earnings and productivity due to 130 million girls worldwide being out of school, a study from the World Bank has found.

Educating girls through to the end of secondary school will double their eventual earnings, all but end child marriage, bring down fertility rates, increase women’s bargaining power within the household and strengthen institutions, the report’s findings suggest.

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