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Unpaid Care Work

In the context of poverty, unpaid care work is more time-consuming and difficult forcing mainly women and girls to give up their rights to an education, a decent job or even just a few minutes to rest.

We are calling on governments to finance the public services that will help to reduce women’s unpaid care work and tackle gender inequality - so that women and girls are not disproportionately responsible. 

Care is essential but it continues to be undervalued and invisible.

Over an 18 month period, we worked with women from 10 rural and urban communities in Nepal, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda to track their unpaid care work. This research produced some interesting results, which you can read in our report - Making Care Visible - and by using the infographic below.

You can click on various activities at the top of the infographic to see how people's times spent on these tasks compares across genders. You can also select a specific country to look at more closely from the buttons below.

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