Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | Worldwide | Department of Global Communications (DGC)
Global unemployment has steadily decreased over the past two decades, from about 6.4% to 5.6%, but that does not guarantee that all jobs pay well, have safe work environments, or provide decent benefits for employees. In 2018, 8% of employed workers and their families, regardless of how many hours worked per week, lived in extreme poverty.
Decent work is necessary to live a stable, comfortable life and is a key element to achieving fair globalization and poverty reduction. All jobs need to pay enough so that workers are able to buy nutritious food, afford a safe home, and pay electricity and other bills.
Men, women, young people, and people with disabilities are not employed equally, and around the world, men earn approximately 12.5% more than women for the same job. In 2018, one in five youths were not engaged in education, working or training to get a job, making living independently and contributing to their country’s economy very difficult.
SDG 8 is about making job opportunities available for everyone and help accomplish many other SDGs at the same time. Giving everyone the same opportunities for economic growth helps fight poverty (SDG 1) and hunger (SDG 2), improves people’s health (SDG 3) and quality of education (SDG 4). SDG 8 also calls for gender equality (SDG 5), a fundamental factor the success of all SDGS.
Our new reading list for SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth teaches children about the importance of a well-paying and safe job, and how important work is for people to live happily. Many books on our reading lists show the positive changes that can happen when a family member secures stable employment.
We encourage you to read the books with your children and hope it will inspire them to take action towards ensuring safe, well-paying jobs for all.
Visit the SDG Book Club website to learn more about what you can do to become a part of the journey to children’s growth.