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Swiss women weather slowdown better than men
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 8 March 2003. Women workers in Switzerland have been less affected by the economic downturn than their male counterparts. Latest figures show that the number of unemployed men is on the rise, whereas more and more women are taking up paid employment.
Geneva struggles to stem soaring unemployment
swissinfo SRI, 7 March 2004. The line outside Geneva's unemployment office is longer than anywhere else in the country—and has been for the past two decades. With a jobless rate of seven per cent—almost three per cent higher than the national average—pressure is mounting for cantonal officials to make more effort to tackle the problem.
Swiss women fired up on Women's Day
Neue Zürcher Zeitung Online, 9 March 2004. This year's International Women's Day was marked with more fervour than usual, after last year's cabinet elections left only one woman in government.