important implications for gender equality within households

The Covid-19 pandemic can have significant implications for gender equality within households, both during confinement and during recovery, according to an information note from the High Commission for Planning ( HCP), published on the occasion of World Population Day which is celebrated on July 11 each year.

In this note, the HCP indicates that in terms of the distribution of household tasks (cooking, dishes, laundry, etc.), women devote 6 times more time than men.

Compared to a normal day before the crisis, the women spent 45 minutes/day more on household chores. The average daily time allocated to housework at home is 4h27mn for women against 45mn for their male counterparts.

On the other hand, many men became more involved in housework than before and took on some responsibility for childcare.

The survey showed that nearly 45% of men took part in housework against 13.1% in 2012. The most involved in housework are those with a higher education level (51 min) and those belonging to 20% of households the most affluent (1h04mn).

In addition, almost one in five men (19.3%) contributed to housework for the first time during the confinement.

In addition, the HCP indicates that the health crisis has had multiple negative repercussions on the experience of households, particularly in aspects related to the distribution of tasks between spouses, support and education of children.

Nearly 8.4% of Moroccans report having had marital disputes about the sharing of household chores within the couple, including 63% of cases more than before and nearly 12% of parents of school-age children report having had marital disputes because of the school support for the children.

Financial worries are also the source of tension and marital dispute for more than one in five Moroccans (22%), including 72% of cases more than usual. The highest shares are recorded among young people under 24 (28%), the unemployed (26%) and couples with children (26%).

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