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Overlooked, unrecognized: Indian women do 54 per cent more unpaid work than men

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Overlooked, unrecognized: Indian women do 54 percent more unpaid work than men

Delhi: While the proportion of "unpaid work" per day is far higher for women than men globally, data shows the case in India is worse than the rest. According to a recent report by World Economic Forum (WEF), 66 per cent of women's work is unpaid.

Unpaid work measures the average minutes spent per day on routine housework, shopping, care for household members, care for non-household members volunteering, travel related to household activities and other unpaid activities for men and women aged 15-64 years.

According to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2017, on an average, 66 per cent of women's work in India is unpaid, compared to 12 per cent of men's.

In case of China, 44 per cent of women's work is unpaid, while for men, the figure stood at 19 percent. Even for developed countries, like the United Kingdom, which was ranked 15th on the Global Gender Gap list, 56.7 per cent of women's work is unpaid, as against 32 per cent men's.

In the USA also, 50 per cent of women's work is unpaid while in case of men the figure stands at 31.5 per cent.

An analysis of Global Gender Gap Index (GGGI) over the past years points to a continued under-use of the ever-increasing numbers of educated women than ever before, the report said.

"While much of this imbalance is explained by the discrepancy in caregiving and unpaid work, institutional and policy inertia, outdated organizational structures and discrimination, one additional explanatory factor is the skill differentials in the types of degrees women and men seek out in their education," it added.

As per the report, the global average annual earnings for a female stood at USD 12,000, while for a male, it was as high as USD 21,000.

India has slipped 21 places on the WEF's GGGI to a lowly 108. Globally also, for the first time since the WEF began measuring the gap across four pillars viz., health, education, the workplace and political representation, the global gap has actually widened.

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