In Ireland a woman’s work is never done
Irish men failing to help keep the house in order
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.