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Progress toward gender parity at work has barely budged for the past quarter century, and will only speed up once men take on far more unpaid caregiving tasks, the U.N. said Thursday, on the eve of International Women's Day. The U.N.'s International Labor Organization said in a fresh report that the difference in employment rates for men and women has shrunk by less than 2 percent in the past 27 years.According to the ILO report, nearly 22 percent of women of working age worldwide -- or 647 million -- perform unpaid care work on a full-time basis, with the level as high as 60 percent in Arab states.Globally, women perform more than three quarters of the total time spent on unpaid care work, and dedicate on average four hours and 25 minutes each day to unremunerated caregiving, compared to one hour and 23 minutes for men, it found.
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