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New Delhi: Women in India work over one-and-a-half hours more than the country’s men every day, making the difference in total work hours the maximum in nearly 30 countries, a report shows.

According to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on gender and employment, there is a worldwide increase in women’s participation in the labour force but considerable gaps remain in working hours, conditions of employment and earnings. An analysis of the countries included shows that women work more than men when the total time spent includes paid and unpaid work.

Across the member countries of the OECD, women on an average spend 21 minutes more in total work each day than men do. Overall, the gap is the widest in India, where women spend 94 minutes more time than men on an average on total work each day, the OECD report said.

However, in some countries—Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and New Zealand—men spend slightly more time than women on total work per day. In Britain and Germany, women and men spend almost equal time on total work each day.

In OECD countries, men earn on an average 16% more than women in similar full-time jobs. The gender gap is even higher at the top of the pay scale at around 21% suggesting the continued presence of a “glass ceiling".

“Closing the gender gap must be a central part of any strategy to create more sustainable economies and inclusive societies," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said at the launch of the report at the OECD Gender Forum in Paris. “Governments should make further progress in the access and quality of education for all, improve tax and benefits systems, and make childcare more affordable, in order to help women contribute more to economic growth and a fairer society."

The report also presented new evidence of the gender gap in entrepreneurship. The proportion of women-owned businesses is around 30% in OECD countries. Self-employed women also earn 30-40% less than their male counterparts.

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