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2014_03 MMM participates at the work session of the Conference of European Statisticians on gender statistics

UNECEMMM actively particpated in a workshop followed by a work session of the Conference of the European Statisticians (CES) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE), which was dedicated to gender statistics. Gender indicators, gender equality in the life course, gender segregation in education and employment and its relationship with the gender pay gap, well being of men and women, and time use surveys were among the topics discussed during this session, which took place on 19-21 March 2014 at the UN in Geneva. 

In the discussions on the definition of a set of gender indicators, MMM highlighted the need to add the gender pension gap to the list of proposed indicators. In effect, the gender pension gap is a good indicator of inequality between men and women, since it results both from the gender pay gap and the time that mothers take off from work to take care of their children. In other words, it reflects gender inequalities in the labour market and in the division of care responsibilities between women and men. In Europe, and according to a 2013 EU study, the average gender pension gap stands at 39%, i.e. well above the gender pay gap.  

In relation to the session on Time-Use Surveys, whose results are notably used to asses the time men and women spend on unpaid care work, MMM raised the issue of simultaneous activities: it is often the case that mothers perform domestic tasks like cooking or ironing while looking after a child, often involving the child or interacting with the child at the same time. In Time Use Surveys however, this childcare aspect becomes secondary, which results in the time that parents spend caring for their children often being undervalued. The UN Statistical Division, which participated in the session and which is currently preparing a revised version of the "classification of activities“ for these time use surveys, proposes that such contextual data as „with whom“ or „for whom“ a task is performed be also collected in order to have a better capture of the care activities that involve other people. 
More information on this event with the background papers and presentations can be found on the UNECE / CES website: 



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