UNICEF Report Is this proof that house chores are actually meant for boys?

A UNICEF report has stated boys spend 40% less time in fulfilling the same household duties as girls. The report indicated that two out of three girls clean in the home and almost half collect water or firewood.

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A UNICEF report has stated that boys spend less time in accomplishing duties and similar household chores than girls.

The report indicated that boys spend 40% less time in fulfilling the same household duties as girls.

The report indicated that two out of three girls clean in the home and almost half collect water or firewood. The report also explained that girls who collected water and firewood faced a high possibility of sexual violence.

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Girls also perform a greater number of “less visible” domestic chores including giving care to younger children and elderly in the home.

The difference in time spent working amounted to 160 million extra hours a day worldwide. It was also concluded that workload of girls increased with time. At age 14 girls spend 50% more time on chores while they spend 30% of time during the ages of 5 and 9.

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Girls in Somalia spend more time on household chores than any other in the world. The report said that girls between 10 and 14 years old spend 26 hours a week on household chores. Burkina Faso and Yemen also have some of the largest labour gaps between boys and girls.

Unicef's Anju Malhotra lamented this situation saying "girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow and just enjoy their childhood."

"This unequal distribution of labour among children also perpetuates gender stereotypes and the double burden on women and girls across generations."

The report, which will be released to coincide with the UN’s international day of the child on October 11 also includes data on violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation and education.

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