By Dr Helen Szoke, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive
“Women do the majority of the work. We do domestic work and we also work in the field. We do everything but our work is not recognised,” she says.
This is an issue right across the world, in rich and poor countries alike.
For all the progress we’ve made in areas such as access to education, the under-valued work of women is still pervasive – along with great disparity in employment, wages and political participation – and a hindrance to truly inclusive economic growth that benefits everyone.
Oxfam’s report out today, The G20 and gender equality – How the G20 can advance women’s rights in employment, social protection and fiscal policies, shows just how big an issue this is.
It includes the startling fact that on the current rate of global progress, it will take 75 years for women to be paid the same as men for equal work.
Across G20 countries and beyond, women are paid less than men, do most of the unpaid labour, are over-represented in part-time work and discriminated against in the household, markets and institutions. Read More