Indian Women Work 50 Days More Than Men In A Year: Report On Global Gender Gap
October 28th, 2016
According to a new report by World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap, women across the world work on average 39 more days, a year than men do. In India, females work 50 days extra compared to their male counterparts.
On average, women work 50 minutes more a day than men globally.
The report, which suggests that it would take another 170 years to settle down the economic inequalities between the sexes and also found that unpaid work burdens women.
There are only six countries in the world where men work more hours than women. Notably, three of these are Nordic countries where parental leave can be shared evenly between men and women.
“Shared parental leave can be good because it allows families to plan their lives better and to share responsibilities,” Vesselina Ratcheva, a data analyst at the WEF told the ‘BBC’.
While men do 34 percent more paid work than women, women still spend more of their time on unpaid work such as household chores, childcare and caring for older people. Taking unpaid work into account, the report found that women work over a month more than men per year.
In India, Portugal, and Estonia, this equates to more than 50 days more work for women than men per year.
Despite the fact that nearly a quarter of a billion women have entered the global workforce over the past decade, the report says that the gap in economic opportunity is now larger than at any point since 2008.