Care and domestic work are the foundation of a productive society. They include paid and unpaid daily activities that women and men perform, ranging from cooking and cleaning to child and dependent adult care. Care work is mostly invisible, often unpaid, unrecognized, and overwhelmingly done by women. Time-use surveys provide the most effective measure of the time women and men allocate to their daily activities, and highlight the gendered differences in time allocation patterns - unpaid domestic and care work in particular.
Bangladesh conducted its first time-use survey in 2021. This statistical report offers important insights into how gender roles shape the division of labour between men and women. The findings from the report will enable Bangladesh to monitor progress on SDG indicator 5.4.1 on unpaid care and domestic work for the first time.
The survey was undertaken by UN Women and the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics as part of the Women Count programme.