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Canadian women do more household chores than men, says report

Darpan News Desk Darpan, 05 May, 2014
  • Canadian women do more household chores than men, says report
The latest findings by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development suggest that women in Canada carry out more household chores in an average week in comparison to men. In fact they do far more household work than their international peers in other OECD countries.
 
The report released in the organization's third annual "Better Living Index" on Monday was aimed "to measure well-being and progress" of residence of first-world nations by examining various factors that affect the quality of life. 
 
Although Canada ranks high in a number of aspects such as housing, subjective well-being and personal security, it lags behind in one count- work-life balance. 
 
"Gender gaps in well-being, typically in favour of men, have declined in most OECD countries, including in Canada. Despite these gains, Canadian women are still less likely than men to have a paid job or be elected to Parliament, and more likely to spend many hours performing household tasks or to feel insecure when walking alone at night," reads the report.
 
Canadian women spend 35 hours a week on household chores, whereas Canadian men spend 20 hours a week, states OECD's Better Life Index. 
 
The study scrutinized data from 36 nations including Australia, Mexico and the Unites States. 
 
Additionally, the report also highlighted that Canada's female employment rate matches the OECD average of 79 per cent, but Canada's wage gap is higher. Canadian women make 19 per cent less than Canadian men, compared to a 16 per cent disparity in other countries, says the report.

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