Women spend disproportionately more time on unpaid care work than men

Even if we all benefit from unpaid domestic work, girls and women carry a disproportionate share of those tasks. They do three times as much unpaid care and domestic work as men, according to the UN report Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, with data from 83 countries.

Considering also the hours consecrated to paid work, the result is that women and girls work longer hours. Consequently, they have less time for rest, self-care, learning, participate in politics and other activities.

At the same time, inequalities in paid care and domestic work have an impact on their economic potential.

Higher risks of poverty have been found in lone mothers and older women compared to men living alone in similar types of households.

The goal here is to recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies. The promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate also needs to gain in equity.

CAD is working with Cities Alliance in the improvement of public goods and services to foster equitable economic growth. Within the frame of this collaboration, CAD documents and shows evidence on how gender-responsive public goods and services are key to local economic development.

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