The women of Bangladesh spend eight hours on an average per day doing unpaid work, while their male counterparts spend only 90 minutes in such activities, according to a recent research.
The study also found women spending around one hour in paid work, whereas men spend more than five hours a day for paid work.
The findings of the study were revealed on Saturday at a photo exhibition organised by ActionAid Bangladesh titled “Different images of men” at the Drik Gallery in Dhaka.
ActionAid conducted the research using “the time diary method” and interviewed around 600 participants of AAB POWER project in Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts.
Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) Executive Director Meghna Guhathakurta presented the research findings in the programmme.
Meghna said the patterns indicate that women were found to be contributing in more productive work (3.24 hrs) than men, without getting paid.
Besides, working hours of women in unpaid tasks are much higher than that of men, forcing the women to carry additional burden, she added.
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The study also found an emerging trend of rural areas, where women's contributions are accepted in the society only to bring financial stability.
The study further shows women are still being subjected to violence under the existing patriarchal system, despite being earning members of a family.
The research also revealed the need for implementing supportive state policies and development strategies, aimed at enabling women to bring positive changes in their lives in terms of work status.
Present at the programme, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said the inclusion of unpaid work by women in the country's GDP is yet to get international recognition.
Drik Managing Director Shahidul Alam and ActionAid Country Director Farah Kabir also attended the programme.