'Unemployed women may rise to 22mn in '09'

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Washington, Mar 5: International Labour Organisation (ILO) has warned that number of unemployed women would go up to 22 million this year. Reason: The deepening economic slump. This would worsen the condition of unemployment all over the world.

With the International Women's Day ahead on Mar 8, the report from ILO projects deterioration in global labour market for men and women in 2009.

The UN labour body projected that global unemployment rate could reach between 6.3 per cent and 7.1 per cent, with a corresponding female unemployment rate ranging from 6.5 to 7.4 per cent compared to 6.1 per cent to 7.0 per cent for men.

ILO in its annual Global Employment Trends for Women report said this would result in an increase of between 24 million and 52 million people unemployed worldwide.

Recession has hit women harder as they are more vulnerable than men, the report added.

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