Monday 23 October 2017

Working women 'still expected to do housework'

Irish men spend an average of 49 minutes on housework
Irish men spend an average of 49 minutes on housework
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Irish women who complain their husbands shy away from the washing-up, and never put the bins out, have been vindicated.

A new world-wide study reveal their menfolk languish towards the bottom of the pile when it comes to doing their bit on the home front.

However, they do spend an average of 49 minutes a day helping out their better half.

And Irish males fare considerably better than their Indian counterparts, who only manage a mere 19 minutes daily when it comes to domestic chores.

But that may be of little surprise - given that India ranked a lowly 114th position in the World Economic Forum's gender gap report for 2014.

According to figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Slovenia tops the list for domestic gender balance.

Men there do an average of 114 minutes of housework every day, just ahead of Denmark, where an input of 107 minutes, is the norm.

The study, released ahead of International Women's Day next month, found in the US men manage 82 minutes of housework daily.

British males commit just over an hour of their day to duties at home.

Director of the National Women's Council of Ireland, Orla O'Connor, said she is "not surprised" at the findings.

Ms O'Connor said the majority of women are forced to juggle a 'double-shift' with duties at work and then at home.

"The patterns over the years haven't changed in terms of men helping out in the home. Women predominantly do this kind of work - and the report reflects that reality."

While there has been a "huge increase" in women pursuing their careers, and availing of higher education, they're still expected to keep things ticking over on the home front.

"We're not seeing a shift in terms of the distribution of that work between women and men. The balance just isn't there," she told the Irish Independent.

Progress is partly due to the lack of 'father's leave' which sends out a "strong message" that women should play the pre-dominant role in the home.

Irish Independent

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