Latvian strengths and weaknesses in moving towards closing the gender gap in unpaid housework and care

Global Gender Gap in Unpaid Care: Why Domestic Work Still Remains a Woman’s Burden? A new FROGEE policy brief on the situation in the region, containing an overview of the situation in Latvia written by Anna Pluta (BICEPS).

According to the Gender Equality Index Latvia is the second most equal country in the European Union in terms of gender gaps in the involvement of women and men in caring obligations, as well as their contribution to cooking and housework. In this brief I review Latvian strengths and weaknesses in moving towards closing the gender gap in unpaid housework and care. In particular, I show that despite widespread views in favor of gender equality in family life, the great burden of care and housework responsibilities is still shouldered by women in Latvian households.

The full Report on the situation in Latvia is available here.

Reports from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Poland, Ukraine and Russia are available in English and the national languages here.

About FROGEE Policy Briefs

FROGEE Policy Briefs is a special series aimed at providing overviews and the popularization of economic research related to gender equality issues. Debates around policies related to gender equality are often highly politicized. We believe that using arguments derived from the most up to date research-based knowledge would help us build a more fruitful discussion of policy proposals and in the end achieve better outcomes.

The aim of the briefs is to improve the understanding of research-based arguments and their implications, by covering the key theories and the most important findings in areas of special interest to the current debate. The briefs start with short general overviews of a given theme, which are followed by a presentation of country-specific contexts, specific policy challenges, implemented reforms and a discussion of other policy options.

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