On the 10 & 11 September, the Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics (CEGS) was launched in Mexico City, followed by the First Global Conference on Gender Equality and the Measurement of Unpaid Care and Domestic Work.
The launch was convened by UN Women and INEGI at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Room in Mexico’s capital.
CEGS “aims to strengthen gender statistics through collaboration, knowledge sharing, research and innovation”.
The events brought together experts in policy analysis and statistics to discuss the aims and objectives of the Center, and how it can help close gender data gaps across Latin America and the Caribbean region, as well as globally.
Dr Mandy Yap, Research Fellow on the ANU IDM team attended the launch and conference. She was part of the panel “How well do current measures capture gender inequalities in unpaid care and domestic work”.
She also presented the IDM and its contributions to understanding of time use measurement at the individual level.
One of the IDM’s 15 dimensions is time use. Dr Yap explained the IDM features which enable the collection of rich, gender sensitive data. With a focus on the time use dimension, she discussed issues arising from participatory work:
- The time burden of gathering essential supplies of water and fuel, including the extensive distances travelled to collection/harvesting sites.
- The time required for household chores such as caring, washing, cooking, and other household duties, was also identified as a burden, falling mostly on women.
- These time burdens create trade-offs, with negative implications for other aspects of life, such as the inability to undertake paid work and/or the loss of time for rest, sleep, or leisure.
The IDM captures unpaid care and domestic work in a variety of ways, including:
- Time use dimension
- Time spent on paid and unpaid work
- Time available for rest, leisure and personal care
- Whether an individual has cared for a child under 13 years while undertaking other activities
- The extent of multitasking undertaken
- Work dimension
- Unpaid/domestic work burden (hours in a day and days in a week)
- Whether the respondent wishes to do less domestic work
- Hazardous conditions of unpaid work and respect and valued for unpaid work
Dr Yap also shared lessons learned so far from collecting time use data for the IDM.