Around the world, different approaches are used to try and ensure that women’s unpaid work is recognised and counted by policymakers. This is so that service design and delivery, as well as employment practices, take account of the unpaid work that props up the economy.
Although women’s paid work has substantially increased over the last hundred years, we haven’t seen a balancing increase in men’s unpaid work. There is no reason, except cultural stereotypes, why women should do so much more domestic and reproductive labour.
Unpaid work should not be a marginal note in assessments of how well our economy is functioning. We need national institutional commitment to making women’s unpaid work visible.
- Better gender- disaggregated time-use survey data in Scotland that will tell us more about how men and women spend their time, including on leisure and unpaid work.
- Better equality impact assessment during the policy development process, so that care and caring, as well as other forms of invisible domestic and reproductive labour is taken account of in the design and development of policy and programmes.