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It will as little surprise to many that girls 40 per cent more time performing unpaid household chores than boys. That 40 per cent to a whopping 160 million more hours of chores a day by girls. In some countries, this figure is considerably higher. A new report from the United Nations children's agency UNICEF this disparity. UNICEF's Anju Malhotra . "Girls important opportunities to learn, grow and just their childhood." She : "This unequal distribution of labour among children also gender stereotypes and the double burden on women and girls across generations."

Much of the work by girls of a menial and physically demanding nature. Two-thirds of girls cook and in the home, while half collect firewood or water. They also a long time caring for children and elderly relatives. The country where girls longest is Somalia. Here, girls aged between 10 and 14 years spend 26 hours a week on household chores. The report is released to with the UN's International Day of the Girl Child, which on the 11th of October. UNICEF said: "Quantifying the challenges girls is the first critical step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and breaking down barriers that the world's 1.1 billion girls."

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