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It will come as little [surprised / surprise] to many that girls spend 40 per cent more time [performing / performance] unpaid household chores than boys. That 40 per cent [equates / equators] to a whopping 160 million more hours of chores a day [undertaken / overtaken] by girls. In some countries, this figure is [considerately / considerably] higher. A new report from the United Nations children's agency UNICEF highlights this [desperate / disparity] . UNICEF's Anju Malhotra stated. "Girls sacrifice [importance / important] opportunities to learn, grow and just [enjoy / enjoyment] their childhood." She added: "This unequal distribution of labour among children also perpetuates [gander / gender] stereotypes and the [double / doubles] burden on women and girls across generations."

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

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