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It will come as surprise to many that girls spend 40 per cent more time performing household chores than boys. That 40 per cent equates to a 160 million more hours of a day undertaken by girls. In some countries, this is higher. A new report from the United Nations children's UNICEF highlights this . UNICEF's Anju Malhotra stated. "Girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow and just enjoy their childhood." She added: "This unequal of labour among children also perpetuates gender stereotypes and the double on women and girls across generations."

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

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