Brazil women work 5.4 years longer than men, survey finds

Housework helps increase women's work load

Published in 27/03/2017 - 16:45 By Mariana Branco reports from Agência Brasil - Brasília

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Women's social contribution adds up an average of 22.4 years, according to the figures. A total 44.4% of women who retired in 2014 reached up to 20 years of social contribution. Sumaia Vilella/Agência Brasil

Brazilian women work 5.4 years more than men over the course of approximately 30 years of work, a simulation conducted by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) found. The extra load comes as part of housework. Estimates were made with data from the 2014 National Household Sample Survey (PNAD), by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

In this time span, which stretches across some 30 years, women's social contribution adds up an average of 22.4 years, according to the figures. A total 44.4% of women who retired in 2014 reached up to 20 years of social contribution.

IPEA researcher Joana Mostafá explains that the data were collected in a partnership that provided scientists with access to the former Ministry of Social Security—now Secretary for Social Security, under the Finance Ministry.

The interruption in women's contribution, Mostafá argues, is brought about by such factors as unemployment, informal labor, and parenting. Taking this scenario into consideration, the institute launched a technical note last week maintaining that the ages for retirement among men and women should be different.


Translated by Fabrício Ferreira


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