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Dominican Republic: Women suffer from employment discrimination, despite being more in classrooms

Although the female sex leads in higher education, women are discriminated against in the labor market. All the indicators related to employment or its transition reveal the existence of fewer opportunities for young women in relation to those of their male counterparts. Although the relationship in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) is 2 to 1, women represent 44% of the workforce in the formal sector and only 36% in the informal sector.

This is stated in the report on Dominican Higher Education: Space, Development and Future Perspectives published by the Observatory of Social Policies and Development of the Vice Presidency of the Republic.

Other barriers include traditional roles, personnel selection practices that prefer men, and the structure of the labor market that limits women’s ability to study, work and manage family responsibilities. 

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