What is women’s work?

Progress towards women’s equality haven’t erased the fact that much work done by women is unseen and unvalued.

Women entering the paid labour market hasn’t meant that women don’t still do the vast majority of caring, housework and all the little things like organising social events, keeping in contact with family, and managing finances which keep society functioning.

Without this voluntary labour, all of the activity in the ‘formal economy’ simply couldn’t happen, and yet it is not counted as economically productive.

Why is this?

The economic calculations of governments and international financial institutions (like the International Monetary Fund which monitors the 'economic health' of countries) normally only see paid work as contributing to the economy. Of course we know that's not true, and it misses out the vast value to society of care work, volunteering and contributing to our communities.

Why is this an issue of women’s rights?

Women still do the majority of invisible work including housework, raising children and caring for vulnerable relatives. Don't believe us?

These issues have been compounded in recent years with the savage cuts to public services. Women are the first to bear the brunt of cuts, and are forced to take over services previously offered by the state.