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60-90 hours: Estimated work hours per week for women in developing countries

Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Target: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015

* It is important to note that the data represent averages across each country that reflect high levels of underemployment. In some settings, women are working more than 12 hours a day

Whether they live in industrialized or developing countries, in rural or urban settings, in general, women work longer hours than men. While data on the way men and women use their time are sparse, surveys conducted in recent years confirm the validity of this assertion across developing countries. Oxfam estimates that women work around 60 to 90 hours per week, and time-use surveys reveal that across a selection of developing countries in Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, women’s working hours exceed those of men, often by a wide margin.

Data: UNICEF calculations based on data derived from United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2006, Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis,Oxford University Press for UNDP, New York, 2006, page 379.

Source: UNICEF, The State of The World’s Children 2007, New York, 2006.



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