It is clear that one of the biggest barriers to gender equality is the economic inequality between women and men in Scotland.
This exists in the formal economy where the gender pay gap and lack of access to sustainable jobs means that women earn less and have less influence than men. But there is also the additional problem of the invisible work that (predominantly) women do and which isn't recognised by traditional economic calculations. This includes caring, raising children and other unpaid work - all of which contribute to Scotland's economic wellbeing.
In 2017 we're mapping the work done by women in Scotland.
and watch out for the launch of our #MakingWorkVisible website on International Women's Day 2017.
The economic calculations of governments and international financial institutions (like the International Monetary Fund which monitors the 'economic health' of countries) normally only see paid work as contributing to the economy. Of course we know that's not true, and it misses out the vast value to society of care work, volunteering and contributing to our communities.
Women still do the majority of invisible work including housework, raising children and caring for vulnerable relatives. Don't believe us?
These issues have been compounded in recent years with the savage cuts to public services. Women are the first to bear the brunt of cuts, and are forced to take over services previously offered by the state. You can read more about our responses to welfare cuts in our briefings and blogs, and you can also read the late Ailsa McKay's brilliant speech to the Education Institute Scotland on women and austerity.
There are lots practical measures which Governments could take to start recognising the value of invisible work to the economy. Some of these are advocated by the Women's Budget Group (for the UK), the Scottish Women's Budget Group (for Scotland), WISE Women and the Citizen's Income Trust.
There are also some things you can do!
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