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Manpreet Singh
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Kamal Haasan recently proclaimed his political commitment to pay for domestic work via his political party Makkal Neethi Manram. While there are many people who claim that such a move would contribute to making women’s unpaid work visible and eventually help to improve the worth of unpaid work and homework, many others believe it will offend traditional family values. The answer of actor Kangana Ranaut resulted in a series of commentaries that culminated in disputes about the value of women being reduced when paid for their natural work. The ILO defines unpaid work as unpaid labor doing to maintain the health and well-being of other people in a household or in the community. In India, women spend about 9 times the amount of time men spend on unpaid care. The gender imbalance is, in fact, 297 minutes a day compared with 31 minutes a day. The difference between men and women is the same. Sweden, which ranks first on the Gender Equality Index of the European Union, provided national subsidies for work in 2007 (cleaning, laundry, and ironing). Studies show that, 13 years later, the subsidies are spent over hours of earned income (approximately $2000 more annually than the subsidies in the same class). The working conditions of domestic employees also seem to be improved by institutionalizing adequate countries and working conditions for them. But many views argue that home subsidies are the means to tackle the parity of household tasks, with critics calling them socialism for the rich. Not only is it recognized as the unpaid job of women at home, but also the most fundamental question as to why domestic employment is regarded as women’s domain. All of them celebrate “homely brides,” nice housewives who take good care of their family, from matrimonial advertising to television, from movies to the neighborhood rumor mills. Girls are “trained” in marriage historically by being taught cooking from an early age. Geography has been covered by the term “padhke kya karogi, chulha chauka hi to karna hai” (why study when the stove is to be managed). Until a number of reasons exist to ensure women stay within the household unless the sexist identification of domestic work with women is called out and put into question. It will not impact the argument of paying it or not.