1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Naoka Otobe

Former Collaborating Researcher

Naoko Otobe, a Japanese national and a strong advocate of poor working women in developing countries, has worked in the UN system for over 29 years. At the time of her collaboration with UNRISD in 2012 as part of the Seminar Series of events, Otobe was Gender and Employment Coordinator of the International Labour Organization, Geneva.
Otobe’s involvement in research and publication encompasses a number of developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. In particular, Otobe has been involved in a series of research and publication on the gender-differentiated impact of macroeconomic change on employment in the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Mauritius, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Recent publications include: Global economic crisis, gender and employment: The impact and policy response (2011, ILO), and The impact of globalization and macroeconomic change on employment in Mauritius: What next in the post-MFA era? (2008, ILO).