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Unpaid Care Work: Your daily load and why it matters

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Unpaid Care Work: Your daily load and why it matters

Unpaid Care Work: Your daily load and why it matters

People around the world collectively spend 16 billion hours on unpaid care work daily. The burden of unpaid care work largely falls on women and increases in times of crisis.

Developed by UN Women, this interactive tool lets users calculate the approximate time they will spend on unpaid care work throughout their lifetime, based on the number of hours they allocate for paid work, unpaid care work and other activities daily. It also shows how one’s computed hours compares with the global average for both women and men. Further, it illustrates how the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the load of unpaid care work done by women, what the root cause is, and what consequences the additional load entails. This resource provides suggestions on how to help reduce the workload of women.



  • Women averaged 10 years on unpaid care and domestic work prior to COVID-19, compared to only 4 years for men.
  • School closures, overstretched health systems and more have driven women and girls to take on more work at home.
  • Men are considered “the breadwinners” while women are “the homemakers”, meaning they often lose out on the option of paid work.
  • If you add up paid, unpaid work and simultaneous tasks, women often work longer hours than men.
  • There are things we can each do now to help reduce the workload on women and girls in all our societies.


The tool can be found on the UN Women website.

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