Study Shows Women’s Participation in Paid or Unpaid Work Doesn’t Matter To The Economy

Global Gender Gap Report 2020

The Global Gender Gap Report self exposes its lies

Everything You Know About Equality Is a Lie

Do you think gender equality can really develop a nation? Do you believe that women’s participation is unpaid work is responsible for their less participation in workforce? Do you actually believe that women’s participation in workforce can change the world? Do you think women’s participation in either paid or unpaid workforce actually matters to their economy?

Finally, do you imagine that your country will look like this when women take part in economy and leave all the unpaid care work they do at home? –

Dream city, future city

Let me tell you, that none of these is actually true and today I am going to disappoint you by proving that whatever you are told by all these global researchers and whatever dreams they might have created in your mind may not come true at all.

The same reports that tell you all these, actually disproves all of these. Yes, the Global Gender Gap Report that is created every year to hammer these points into your head, itself proves that none of these conclusions are actually true.

To understand how women’s participation in either paid or unpaid work matters to a nation, we have collated the data of their unpaid work, workforce participation, GDP of a country and per capita GDP of the same country. The data was collated for all countries where these figures were available in the Global Gender Gap Report, 2020 (GGG 20202) and prepared this file that exposed the lies you were continuously told by all global agencies including the Global Gender Gap Report (GGG). The file is downloadable and you can download it to verify everything whatever is said in this article. You can also cross verify the data from the GGG report 2020.

Unpaid Work and GDP

The first concept created by UN and its allied organizations is if women are engaged in more unpaid work in a country, that country’s GDP will be impacted.

However, the study of the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 shows the following to prove this wrong –

  1. The USA has highest GDP in the world to the tune of 20.6K USD as per the global gender gap report, but it is #8 in terms of the ratio of unpaid work (F/M). This ratio is 1.56 for the US, whereas Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Lao PDR etc are better positioned than the US in this ratio.
  2. Belgium was best in terms of unpaid work done by female vs males (F/M=1.2). However, in terms of GDP they are only at #17 in the list of countries where the unpaid work ratio was available.
  3. Canada was the closest nation to the US in terms of GDP ranking #8 with a GDP of USD 1170 B, however, their unpaid work F/M ratio was 1.52, better than the US.
  4. There were countries like Japan (4.84), Brazil (4.27), China (2.6) had worse unpaid work done ratio yet did better than Canada in terms of overall GDP.
  5.  Russia and Korea were two countries that had same level of GDP as Canada (US$ 1170 B) with much worse unpaid work ratio – 2.26 and 4.04 respectively. Mexico with a ratio of 3.02 was also close at US$ 1120 B.
  6. Some of the worse performing countries in terms of overall GDP, had good unpaid work F/M ratio. Among them, Bhutan (US$ 2.58 B), Lesotho (US$ 2.71 B), Liberia (US$ 3.25 B) and Fiji (US$ 5.52 B) are the worse performing countries in terms of overall GDP but they had all unpaid work ratio below 3.
  7. The worse performing countries in terms of unpaid work were Pakistan (F/M = 11, GDP rank 28), Cambodia (F/M = 10, GDP Rank 64), Egypt (F/M = 9.2, GDP # 31) were not even in the lowest 10 countries in GDP ranking.
  8. Some of the best performing countries in terms of unpaid work, were far below the GDP list. Among them, LAO PDR (1.35, #66), Estonia (1.6, 62) and Bolivia (1.91, 59) are worth a mention.

So, now you know that whatever the UNDP Gender Equality Report 2020 tells you as conclusion every year that unpaid work is one of the reasons for low growth of a nation, proves the same report wrong. Shall we say all these reports are created every year to actually drive some preconceived conclusions that is farther from the truth?

Unpaid Work and Per Capita GDP

Now maybe you are thinking that the number of people or size of an economy has somehing to do with the GDP or economic growth. So, we did a study on the impact of unpaid work on per capita GDP of a nation, and found the following –

  1. Out of the best 50 countries in terms of unpaid work ratio (lesser the ratio, better it is), no one could top the per capita GDP numbers. Qatar that topped in per capita GDP with a whopping $ 115.2 K was ranked #57 in terms of unpaid work ratio (3.69).
  2. Malawi had the worse per capita GDP $ 1.07 K with an unpaid work ratio of 6.94. They were ranked 73 out of the 78 countries where the ratio data was provided.
  3. Belgium that was the best country in terms of the ratio, ranked 13th in terms of per capita GDP in the list of 78 countries. 
  4. Among the ten (10) worst performing countries in terms of per capita GDP, two (2) countries had the ratio less than two (2), three (3) countries had the ratio less than three (3) and other five (5) countries had the ratio more than three (3).
  5. Pakistan with a Unpaid work ratio of eleven (11) and a lot of terrorism could manage to get per capita GDP of US$ 5.06K but Kygyz Republic without the severe terrorism problem like Pakistan and with a unpaid work ratio of 1.77, could manage to get per capita GDP of US$ 3.49K only. 

The above examples from the 2020 Global Gender Equality Report that suggests that unpaid work done by women is a deterrent to a country’s progress, actually proves the same report wrong.

Unpaid Work and Workforce Participation

If you are thinking that unpaid work prohibits women from engaging in economic activities and also contributing to the economy that will be wrong too.

If you ever felt that this is very logical conclusion, then you need to see the impact of Unpaid work on Women’s Workforce Participation from the data taken from the same Global Gender Gap Report (GGG report)-

  1. Pakistan (11), Cambodia (10) and Egypt (9.2) are three worst performing countries in terms of unpaid work ratio (F/M). For Pakistan and Egypt women’s workforce participation remained low (~25%) but for Cambodia about 77% women participated in the economy. So, despite a heavy load of unpaid work, Cambodian women did take part in the workforce in large numbers. The burden of unpaid work didn’t matter to them.
  2. However, if we simultaneously look at the per capita GDP of these three countries we will see that despite less participation of women in economy in Pakistan (US$ 5.06K) and Egypt (US$ 11.87K) their economies thrived more compared to that of Cambodia (US$ 3.86K). So even when women took part in the economy in large proportion, the Cambodian economy didn’t thrive.
  3. Belgium, one of the progressive countries where the unpaid work ratio was the best (1.2), had only 63% of women participating in the workforce. So, their women were not engaging in economic activities nor they are helping men to grow the economy.
  4. In the USA, even though the unpaid work ratio was only 1.56, about 66.8% women participated in the workforce. And considering their culture you know that is even less compared to some other progressive nations. But even this less participation of women didn’t make an impact to their economy. They were not only at the top in GDP but also in per capita GDP, the USA was one of the leaders (#6).
  5. Out of the twenty (20) countries that had unpaid work ratio less than two (2), only in Sweden and in Lao PDR women participated in workforce in large numbers (>80%). In fact, the maximum work participation from among all the 78 countries in the list was in Sweden but in per capita GDP they are in #8 position.

So you understand that simply because women in a country is less engaged in unpaid work, or simply because men of a country equally shared the unpaid work; that doesn’t guarantee that women of that country will take part in workforce and contribute to economy. Even if they do, that also doesn’t guarantee that their economy will fly off. Rather what may be guaranteed is the breaking of their families.

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Workforce participation and GDP

You may think that if women of a country take equal part in building a nation, if they take equal part in the workforce, that nation will grow (meaning economy will be stronger). Let me prove here that this is also not true.

  1. Sweden was found to have the highest level of women participating in workforce (81%) and their GDP was US$ 556.1B. Whereas there were fifteen (15) other countries that had less participation of women in the workforce, yet they had better GDP numbers.
  2. Turkey with only 37.5% women participating in the economy had a GDP of US$ 771.3 B.
  3. Mexico with only 47.1% women participating in economy had a GDP of double the size of Sweden.
  4. In fact, even Belgium (US$ 532.2 B) with only 63% women participating in economy had an economy of the size of Sweden.
  5. Poland (US$ 585.8 B) with only 63.1% women participating in economy had an economy bigger than that of Sweden.

The above examples from the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 that proposes to drag women to workforce in the name of growing your economy, actually proves the same report wrong. Women’s participation in workforce doesn’t guarantee anything. If they really mattered, then with 80.7% participation of women in workforce, Lao PDR would have changed their economy. They were seen to reel with an economic size of only US$ 18.12 B.

Conclusion

It is time to forget whatever you are told by every other global report and social experts. Gender equality in workforce doesn’t matter to any country economically. If that really did, then with lessening women’s participation in Indian workforce, Indian economy could have shrunk since the year 1991. The very fact that it didn’t but only grew, tells us that women’s participation in workforce doesn’t matter to a country’s economic progression.

But then think who or which party really benefits if the women take part in the workforce leaving the care work aside. Who benefits if even the care work is made an industry? Who benefits when you don’t get your family’s free care at home when you fall sick, but need to go to a ‘safe home’? So far, we were getting free education in our government schools and the poor children could learn, but what happened after education became an industry? Despite paying a premium for education your children are not employable today. Why? Who pays the price of this equality and who really wins?

If you have these answers, you will know why gender equality in either paid or unpaid work actually doesn’t matter to your country’s economic growth but matters only to some big corporate.

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2 comments

  1. By nature only, men and women are different but these stupid modern people will not understand.
    Even in ancient times, the most advanced civilizations existed were all male dominated. Men’s contributions towards the society is far larger than women.

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