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Mainstreaming Unpaid WorkTime-use Data in Developing Policies$
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Indira Hirway

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199468256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468256.001.0001

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Measurement of Total Working Time with a Gender Perspective

Measurement of Total Working Time with a Gender Perspective

Development of Time-use Surveys in Latin America

(p.170) 4 Measurement of Total Working Time with a Gender Perspective
Mainstreaming Unpaid Work

Sonia Montaño

Oxford University Press

There has been a spur of time-use surveys in Latin America after the Beijing Conference, where participants were inspired by an Italian time-use survey that was widely distributed in the conference. Member states requested ECLAC to promote time-use surveys in the region for gender equality that will help strengthen national gender mechanisms. Although independent time-use surveys are now considered the most appropriate source of information to construct the indicators that show the uneven distribution of time between men and women; due to the institutional considerations and scarce resources many countries have opted for a module on time use as part of regular household surveys. This minimalist approach however has permitted more countries to reach the principal objective of measuring women’s unpaid work. The chapter ends with some proposals for harmonization of time-use surveys and other recommendations for promoting production of sound data.

Keywords:   Latin America, Beijing Conference, ECLAC, stylized methods, recommendations, household surveys, gender equality

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