Burden of unpaid care work heavy on women, says study

A woman washing clothes in Nairobi's Kibra slums. A study shows that unequal distribution of unpaid care and domestic work between women and men limits women’s opportunities for economic empowerment.

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What you need to know:

  •  Study by Oxfam Kenya found that a heavy and unequal responsibility of unpaid care and domestic work is borne by women and girls.
  • Objective of the survey was to understand how unpaid care and domestic work impacts men and women, boys and girls at the household level.
  • It targeted five informal settlements of Kibera, Mathare, Mukuru, Kawangware and Korogocho in Nairobi County.
  • Another survey by KNBS on socio economic impact of Covid-19 on households found glaring disparities between women and men regarding  unpaid care and domestic work in homes.

A study by Oxfam Kenya found that a heavy and unequal responsibility of unpaid care and domestic work is borne by women and girls. 

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