Who Cares? - The Importance of Unpaid Work
Around the world unpaid care work traps women and girls in poverty, yet it is not captured in any data or mentioned in any databases.
Shockingly, on average women spend nearly four and a half hours each day doing unpaid care work, compared to around one and a half hours for men. We work with women who spend up to 18 hours a day on unpaid work.
These jobs are more difficult in the poorest communities, where not only are there no time-saving devices such as dishwashers and washing machines, but there is often no mains water or electricity. Many women must walk for miles to fetch water or firewood before even starting their household chores.
The impact of this imbalance is severe. As long as women and girls are forced to spend their time in this way, they will be blocked from getting jobs, an education, participating in political decision making or having any rest or leisure time.
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