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Recognition of
Women’s work
On TV (Finance Minister
speaking): This year the growth
rate of GDP has been 7.5% and
the main contributors to this
growth have been the service
sector, industrial sector and
foreign direct investment…
Narpat (to his brother): See,
people like myself, who work in a
factory are contributing so much
to the nation.
Narpat (to his brother): If I had
continued farming and stayed
back in village then I would have
never gained ground. I would
suggest you that leave farming
and come along with me to the
city.
Man (to Narpat): Narpat, but who
will take care of the farms then?
Narpat: : Aren’t there women in
the house? They will take care of
the farms.
Man: You are right! These days
there are very few men in the
farms. If other women can do it,
and are doing it, then why not the
women in our household?
Narpat: That’s what I am saying…
these women don’t have much to
do apart from cooking and taking
care of children and cattle and
this doesn’t bring any
money…they also need to
contribute to the family
earnings…right?!
Radha (an elderly woman) was
listening to their conversation
Radha: I am surprised that being
a son of a farmer you don’t want
to do farming anymore.
Narpat: No, it is not like that
sister. We do want to continue
farming but it is not enough to
run our household, and I don’t
want to commit suicide like other
farmers.
Radha: I agree that, not enough
importance is given to agriculture
sector but that doesn’t mean that
farming is not important or is
inferior to any other work.
Actually farming work is
categorised as work for which no
money is received – it is
represented as contributing
nothing to the GDP.
Narpat: So true, it is hardly
mentioned in country’s budget.
Radha: So, it is not right to
assume that farming work and
the work done by women in the
agriculture sector, and household
work, doesn’t contribute to
national growth. Some countries
in the world give value to all type
of work which include work done
by women.
Man: What are you saying?
Women also contribute to
GDP/budget?...ha ha ha
Radha: It’s not a joke, rather a
fact, and you are wrong when you
think that unpaid work by women
has no economic impact.
Radha: Oh…now I understand, it
is because men receive money in
return for their work - that’s why
their work is given importance.
Women on the other hand are
involved in work which is unpaid
and therefore their work is not
regarded as valuable.
Narpat: Does that mean, now we
would need to pay women for
doing household chores?
Radha: Don’t give wages but at
least value the work that they do.
Household chores, taking care of
children and cattle etc., this is
work and requires effort.
Man: Oh! Such a thought is
revolutionary!

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Recognizing Women’s Unpaid Work

  • 1. Recognition of Women’s work On TV (Finance Minister speaking): This year the growth rate of GDP has been 7.5% and the main contributors to this growth have been the service sector, industrial sector and foreign direct investment… Narpat (to his brother): See, people like myself, who work in a factory are contributing so much to the nation.
  • 2. Narpat (to his brother): If I had continued farming and stayed back in village then I would have never gained ground. I would suggest you that leave farming and come along with me to the city. Man (to Narpat): Narpat, but who will take care of the farms then? Narpat: : Aren’t there women in the house? They will take care of the farms.
  • 3. Man: You are right! These days there are very few men in the farms. If other women can do it, and are doing it, then why not the women in our household? Narpat: That’s what I am saying… these women don’t have much to do apart from cooking and taking care of children and cattle and this doesn’t bring any money…they also need to contribute to the family earnings…right?!
  • 4. Radha (an elderly woman) was listening to their conversation Radha: I am surprised that being a son of a farmer you don’t want to do farming anymore. Narpat: No, it is not like that sister. We do want to continue farming but it is not enough to run our household, and I don’t want to commit suicide like other farmers.
  • 5. Radha: I agree that, not enough importance is given to agriculture sector but that doesn’t mean that farming is not important or is inferior to any other work. Actually farming work is categorised as work for which no money is received – it is represented as contributing nothing to the GDP. Narpat: So true, it is hardly mentioned in country’s budget.
  • 6. Radha: So, it is not right to assume that farming work and the work done by women in the agriculture sector, and household work, doesn’t contribute to national growth. Some countries in the world give value to all type of work which include work done by women. Man: What are you saying? Women also contribute to GDP/budget?...ha ha ha Radha: It’s not a joke, rather a fact, and you are wrong when you think that unpaid work by women has no economic impact.
  • 7. Radha: Oh…now I understand, it is because men receive money in return for their work - that’s why their work is given importance. Women on the other hand are involved in work which is unpaid and therefore their work is not regarded as valuable.
  • 8. Narpat: Does that mean, now we would need to pay women for doing household chores? Radha: Don’t give wages but at least value the work that they do. Household chores, taking care of children and cattle etc., this is work and requires effort. Man: Oh! Such a thought is revolutionary!