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New research by Oxfam International uncovers a hidden aspect of the global economic crisis' its impact on women. Oxfam's research suggests that as supply chains are squeezed by falling global demand, women in export manufacturing, garments and services are often first to be laid off, with employers leaving pay outstanding and evading legal obligations to give notice and pay compensation, with governments often turning a blind eye.The International Labour Organization (ILO) predicts that the global economic crisis will plunge a further 22 million women into unemployment, make female unemployment higher than male unemployment, and make the ratio of women pushed into insecure jobs this year higher than for men.Failure to act now to protect women and children in poverty from the economic crisis will have a disastrous impact on global development in general, and women's rights, livelihoods, and families.
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