On Women's Backs: India Inequality Report 2020

On Women's Backs: India Inequality Report 2020

  • 20 Jan, 2020

Since unpaid care work is central to women’s selfhood and ascribed identities as daughters, daughters-in-law, wives and mothers, it features integrally in the power dynamics of the household. As a fundamental feature of their daily lives and equations within the family (especially marital), women are judged for their performance of house and care work.

Narratives from rural and urban Udaipur and Delhi suggest that non/poor performance of unpaid care work was a trigger for violence on women. These cases show that where unpaid care work is not the root cause, it becomes a justification for violence because women are exclusively held accountable for it. Oxfam India's study shows that there is greater unpaid care work related violence in marital homes.

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