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Unpaid Care Work Focus Group Discussion

Results of the Focus Group Disscussion under the WEZESHA JAMII project suggested that there have been an improvement in general sharing of domestic work activities by both men and women at the household level. However, a general understanding also emerged that men are more comfortable participating in care work but would not want to be instructed by their women to carry out the activities. There was also a unanimous agreement that several infrastructures needed to be put in place in order to lighten the burden of care work at household as well as address other challenges experienced as a result of man-made and natural disasters
Findings of Care Work Report 2015
This study involved women domestic workers, small scale traders as well as men. The following were some of the general findings of the study;

• Care work gives a sense of self satisfaction and enabling of functions of families and communities
• Care work is done to sustain life though it is not recognized
• Care work is not recognised because it is invisible and difficult to quantify
• Most domestic care work activities were considered as women’s chores and that women are seen as best suited to perform them. Changes in roles would cause disharmony
• Study on gender, notes that social construction does not allow men to undertake some care work
• Congestion in slums hinder men from doing care work
• Men also fear reaction from neighbours if they assist in care work
• Male small scale traders spend 1.5 times more in a week compared to female in paid work, conversely females spend 65.2 and males 29.2 in unpaid care work
• Male domestic workers spend 35 hours in paid work compared to 15 hours spent by females
Emerging issues in the care work study report
• Due to hard prevailing economic conditions, men help their spouses in care work especially where a man may have lost his job and the wife is the sole bread winner for the family
• It also emerged that men do not mind doing care work when they feel like, however they find it offensive when instructions on care work comes from their wives