Household work that is mostly done by women will get proper evaluation only when it is recognized by law, they say
Speakers at a roundtable discussion have put emphasize on inclusion of housework done by women to the national gross domestic product (GDP).
Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) organized the dialogue among senior journalists of different national media outlets on Thursday, aiming to discuss how to enroll women's contribution to the GDP.
The organization initiated a massive campaign, titled 'Morjaday Gori Samata' (Recognition of Women’s Contribution), in a bid to transform people's attitude towards gender equality and relationship five years back.
In the dialogue, they discussed the importance and requirement of the inclusion of women's unpredictable housekeeping tasks to the country's financial account.
They said the degrading work of women will be evaluated only when it is recognized by law.
The discussants also recommended including the matter in the manifesto of political parties, adding that the issue should be raised in different seminars and discussion meetings as a national one.
The programme was moderated by MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam, while keynote papers were presented by Banasree Mitra Neogi, gender adviser to MJF, and Sayema Haque Bidisha, professor of economics department at Dhaka University.
In general, women's work and their contribution to the family is assumed as invisible labour. But, a woman in 16 to 20 hours daily does almost 45 types of jobs, which are unrecognized as unseen and unclaimed, and the value of these difficult tasks is never measured.
Rather, different studies have shown that 80% of women are victims of violence, exploitation, discrimination and inhumanity by family members, society, and even by their own country.