I would like to share a new report from ActionAid ‘Close the gap! The cost of inequality in women’s work’, which is being published today: www.actionaid.org.uk/closegendergap
The briefing highlights the massive injustice suffered by working women in developing countries and shows how the global economic system relies on women's paid and unpaid work. In economic terms, ActionAid estimates the cost to women of inequalities in pay and access to jobs is a staggering US$9 trillion each year.
All over the world, women’s work contributes to growth, sustainable development, and the health and wellbeing of society. Yet by virtually every measure women remain more economically excluded than men. Women’s work is undervalued and for the most part invisible.
This is first and foremost a scandalous violation of the rights of billions of women. But gender inequality in work not only has consequences for women; the functioning of the economy relies on women's work. Women’s labour – in and outside the home – is vital to sustainable development, and for the wellbeing of society.
The briefing calls on governments, international institutions and businesses to take action to create the conditions that are needed to give women in developing countries the chances that they deserve in and at work. Steps include ensuring that women can access safe, decent work opportunities and the essential caring work they do is recognised, shared and better supported.
In 2015, the time is ripe for change as we determine the UN sustainable development goals and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Let us ensure the achievement of women's economic equality is high on the agenda.
We would welcome any comments or questions on the report and its findings, and encourage you to circulate it widely from Friday onwards – please note that it is strictly embargoed until then.
We would also be very grateful if you could show your support for this issue by tweeting using some if the suggested tweets below:
- @ActionAidUK: Gender inequality in work costs women in poor countries $9 trillion annually. Time to #closegendergap [report link]
- The world must act now to close the $9 trillion economic gap for women in poor countries #closegendergap @ActionAidUK [report link]
- What is women’s work worth? Time to end economic #inequality and #closegendergap now [report link]
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