How can we relieve some of the mental load that women carry?
This years IWD theme is Generation Equality: Realising Womens Rights. The current global consensus is that real change has been slow for the majority of women in the world.
“Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. Women and girls continue to be undervalued; they work more and earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces.” .Source: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day
One area that needs to be addressed and where women carry an uneven mental load, is in families. Women are largely responsible for those invisible tasks that someone has to do, but because they just get done, they aren’t often seen and shared. For years this problem has been spoken about and despite men becoming better at pulling their weight they are still lagging. The 2016 Census found the typical Australian woman spends between five and 14 hours a week doing unpaid domestic chores. For the typical Australian man it’s less than five hours a week. So what’s a possible solution? Mental Health Strategist Tasha Broomhall explains that there are some free tools that can help share the load, make the tasks visible and relieve some of the mental burden from women.
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