Underpaid and Undervalued: How inequality defines women’s work in Asia

Oxfam in Asia - Campaigns and Policy Influencing - Underpaid & Undervalued: How Inequality Defines Women's Work in Asia
Paper author: 
Francesca Rhodes, Jasmine Burnley, Maria Dolores Bernabe, Joy Kyriacou, Rachel Wilshaw, Daria Ukhova, Luke Gibson, Mustafa Talpur
Paper publication date: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

As of 2016, rising economic inequality across Asia is threatening poverty reduction and slowing down the fight against gender inequality. Although the region has experienced economic growth, the bottom 70% have seen their income share fall while the share for the top 10% has increased rapidly. Low wages and a lack of rights at work, particularly for women, are at the heart of this scandal. At the same time, women are subsidizing the economy with a disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work.

Oxfam believes that achieving living wages and recognizing, redistributing and reducing unpaid care work could support both economic and gender equality in Asia, thus, should be prioritised by both governments and businesses.