This House believes that housewives should be paid for their work: MYP

YUVA is organising the Session 5 of the Mauritius Youth Parliament on the theme “This House believes that housewives should be paid for their work” with YUVANs, secondary school students, university students, government officials, NGO representatives and personalities from the corporate sector as participants.

In this context, YUVA invites you as participant on Thursday 4 May 2017, from 09:00hr to noon at the Municipality of Port Louis.


The role of women in the family and the workplace has been an issue of great change and even greater implication throughout recent history. Changing social constructions of gender roles and family roles has led to a debate over the role of women in the home and the value or lack thereof placed upon it. (United Nations. Women’s Work and Economic Empowerment. Web. 01 Jul 2011)

If the role of women is no longer always in the home should there be some compensation for those who do still agree to remain housewives (or very occasionally househusbands) in return for the work they do? The debate over housewives being paid for their work is one of entitlement, economics and social engineering.

Further reading

  • ‘Housewives should be paid £30,000 for doing the cooking, laundry and childcare’.” Daily Mail 19 Feb 2008, Print.
  • “Locke’s Political Philosophy.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2010. Web. <>.
  • Mayer, Susanne. “The Mighty Hausfrau.” Let’s Talk European., 13 Sep 2006. Web. 20 Jun 2011. <>.
  • P, Ben. “A Housewife’s Wage?.” My Direct Democracy. 12 Jan 2005. Web. 20 Jun 2011. <>.
  • Saner, Emine, “Saudi Arabia opens the world’s largest university for women”, The Guardian, 27 May 2011, <>
  • Traikovski, Louie. “The Housewive’s Wages Debate in the 1920s Australian Press.” Australian Public Intellectual Network. Web. 18 Jun 2011. <>.
  • “UNICEF – Gender Equality.” UNICEF. United Nations, 25 Aug 2004. Web. 18 Jun 2011. <>.
  • United Nations. Women’s Work and Economic Empowerment. Web. 01 Jul 2011.


YUVA relies on your collaboration and shall be pleased to have your presence for the Mauritius Youth Parliament‘s session 5.

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