The Reading / Listening - Level 5

It is no surprise that girls spend more time doing unpaid household chores than boys. Girls spend 40 per cent more time, which is an incredible 160 million more hours of chores per day. In some countries, this figure is a lot higher. A report from the United Nations children's agency UNICEF highlights this gap. UNICEF stated. "Girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow and just enjoy their childhood." It added: "This unequal distribution of labour among children also perpetuates gender stereotypes and the double burden on women and girls across generations."



Most work done by girls is physically demanding. Two-thirds of girls cook and clean in the home, while half collect firewood or water. They also care for children and elderly relatives. In Somalia, girls aged between 10 and 14 spend 26 hours a week on household chores. The report coincides with the UN's International Day of the Girl Child, which is on October 11. UNICEF said: "Quantifying the challenges girls face is the first critical step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and breaking down barriers that confront the world's 1.1 billion girls."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37581449
  • http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/
  • http://www.unicef.org/media/media_92884.html
  • See http://www.dayofthegirl.org/ for more information.



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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. spend more time doing unpaid
  2. an incredible 160 million
  3. this figure
  4. Girls sacrifice important opportunities
  5. enjoy their
  6. This unequal distribution
  7. gender
  8. the double burden on
  1. to learn
  2. stereotypes
  3. more hours
  4. women and girls
  5. is a lot higher
  6. childhood
  7. household chores
  8. of labour

Paragraph 2

  1. work done by girls is physically
  2. Two-thirds of girls
  3. collect
  4. care for children and elderly
  5. spend 26 hours a week
  6. the challenges girls
  7. the first critical
  8. breaking down
  1. step
  2. relatives
  3. face
  4. cook
  5. barriers
  6. demanding
  7. on household chores
  8. firewood

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It is no surprise that girls (1) ___________________ doing unpaid household chores than boys. Girls spend 40 per cent more time, (2) ___________________ 160 million more hours of chores per day. In some countries, this (3) ___________________ higher. A report from the United Nations children's agency UNICEF (4) ___________________. UNICEF stated. "Girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow (5) ___________________ their childhood." It added: "This unequal distribution of labour among children also perpetuates gender stereotypes and the (6) ___________________ women and girls across generations."

Most work done by (7) ___________________ demanding. Two-thirds of girls cook and clean in the home, (8) ___________________ firewood or water. They also care for children and (9) ___________________. In Somalia, girls aged between 10 and 14 spend 26 hours a week on household chores. The (10) ___________________ the UN's International Day of the Girl Child, which is on October 11. UNICEF said: "Quantifying the challenges girls face is the (11) ___________________ towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and breaking down barriers (12) ___________________ world's 1.1 billion girls."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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thanboys.Girlsspend40percentmoretime,whichisanincredible160mi
llionmorehoursofchoresperday.Insomecountries,thisfigureisalothig
her.AreportfromtheUnitedNationschildren'sagencyUNICEFhighlight
sthisgap.UNICEFstated."Girlssacrificeimportantopportunitiestolear
n,growandjustenjoytheirchildhood."Itadded:"Thisunequaldistributi
onoflabouramongchildrenalsoperpetuatesgenderstereotypesandth
edoubleburdenonwomenandgirlsacrossgenerations."Mostworkdon
ebygirlsisphysicallydemanding.Two-thirdsofgirlscookandcleanint
hehome,whilehalfcollectfirewoodorwater.Theyalsocareforchildrena
ndelderlyrelatives.InSomalia,girlsagedbetween10and14spend26h
oursaweekonhouseholdchores.ThereportcoincideswiththeUN'sInter
nationalDayoftheGirlChild,whichisonOctober11.UNICEFsaid:"Quan
tifyingthechallengesgirlsfaceisthefirstcriticalsteptowardsmeetingth
eSustainableDevelopmentGoalongenderequalityandbreakingdown
barriersthatconfronttheworld's1.1billiongirls."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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