In Ire­land a wo­man’s work is never done

Ir­ish men fail­ing to help keep the house in or­der

Irish Daily Mirror - - COMMENT - BY DEMELZA de BURCA demelza.de­burca@irish­mir­ror.ie

IT’S not just the gen­der gap at work women have to worry about – it’s in the home as well.

Women still have to do the lion’s share of house­work de­spite go­ing out to work in in­creas­ing num­bers, an EU re­port re­vealed. The Gen­der Equal­ity In­dex 2017 showed 90% of women here do un­paid house­work and cook­ing com­pared to less than 50% of men. It found only one in three men en­gaged in chores such as cook­ing, clean­ing and wash­ing. While Ir­ish­men did more house­work in 2015 than they did in 2005, women did too – so the gap between them re­mained at 40%. The in­dex also showed 48% of Ir­ish­men took part in sports out­side of work com­pared with 40% of women. The EU coun­try with the small­est gen­der gap in th­ese ar­eas is Swe­den. The study also showed that while there is an im­prove­ment when it comes to Ir­ish wages there are still big dif­fer­ences. The gen­der equal­ity in­dex mea­sured the gaps in the ar­eas of work, money, knowl­edge, time, power, health and vi­o­lence. While Ire­land was be­low av­er­age for gen­der equal­ity in 2005, it in­creased by 7.6 points, lift­ing it above av­er­age, to 69.5 points out of 100 in 2015. It is now in eighth place over­all, com­pared to 10th in 2005. Ire­land also saw an im­prove­ment in the gen­der gaps in the health ser­vice plac­ing fifth in the EU in this sec­tion. The share of women at risk of poverty fell by 4% and Ire­land was one of nine coun­tries to meet a tar­get to pro­vide child­care for at least 90% of chil­dren between three years and school age. But Swe­den con­tin­ues to be the high­est scor­ing coun­try over­all.

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