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Fall of USSR cost women their jobs

Fall of state socialism have adversely affected the economic condition and prospects of the women there, a UN study has found.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 17:25 IST

Fall of state socialism in countries that were once Soviet Republics have adversely affected the economic condition and prospects of the women there, a UN study has found.

Though women in former Soviet republics in Central and Eastern Europe are better educated than men, they are paid much less than their male counterparts irrespective of the nature of work they do or the sector they are employed in, the study, which uses statistical data from the UN Economic Commission for Europe, says.

The number of women employed in public sector has also risen since the early years of transition from state socialism, whereas men, particularly of EU member states, are now mostly employed in private sector, with better pay and perks.

The public sector jobs, which are generally of low status and underpaid, have become more onerous, after withdrawal of state subsidies such as for child care.

The study also brings to light several imbalances such as the disparity in status and wages of jobs in public sector and private sector, increase in different forms of informal employment and the distribution of women and men across them and warns the realities could be even worse.

First Published: Jun 14, 2006 14:59 IST