By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director
Note: This is the text of message by UN Women Executive Director as part of a series on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017
NEW YORK (IDN-INPS | UN Women) - Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities – typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house.
In many cases this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning, of paid work, sports, or engagement in civic or community leadership. This shapes the norms of relative disadvantage and advantage, of where women and men are positioned in the economy, of what they are skilled to do and where they will work.