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"Even though the projected jobs growth in 2021 for women exceeds that of men, it will, nonetheless, be insufficient to bring women back to pre-pandemic employment levels," the ILO said in a report.

Globally, between 2019 and 2020, 4.2 per cent of women's employment was eliminated as a result of the pandemic, representing a drop of 54 million jobs, compared to 3 per cent of men’s employment or 60 million jobs, it said.

The number of employed women in 2021 is projected to be 13 million fewer than in 2019, while the number of men in employment is projected to be about the same as in 2019. "Only 43.2 per cent of the world's working-age women will be employed in 2021, compared to 68.6 per cent of working-age men," the ILO said.

The Americas had the largest regional drop in women's employment due to the pandemic, at 9.4 per cent and prospects remain bleak for women in the region, it said.

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