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Women in low-income households more driven more than women in higher income households

Women in low-income households more driven more than women in higher income households
Women in low-income households more driven more than women in higher income households
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Indian women like Ozre do the most unpaid care and domestic work of any country globally, except Kazakhstan a country with 94% lower gross domestic product (GDP) than India ($163 billion vs. India’s $2.6 trillion). It reveals that India is not investing enough in social care and “leaving its female population to carry the burden”, said Diya Dutta, a researcher at Oxfam India and author of a forthcoming Oxfam report, Mind the Gap, to be released on March 28, 2019.


The burden of unpaid work falls disproportionately on women in India because tasks such as cooking, cleaning, fetching water and firewood are highly gendered, and patriarchal norms dictate that women also perform care work, validate men’s failure to assume domestic responsibilities and thus entrench women’s unequal social status, the report says.

Women in low-income households more driven more than women in higher income households

Women in India currently spend up to 352 minutes per day on domestic work, 577% more than men (52 minutes) and at least 40% more than women in South Africa and China (the other two BRICS countries for which data are available), according to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data.


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