Africa’s 325 million women poorer than world’s 22 wealthiest men
The annual inequality report by Oxfam says the 22 richest men in the world have accumulated more wealth than the 325 million women living in Africa combined.
The Independent reports that the charity organisation found women and girls contributed 12.5-billion hours of daily unpaid care work, and highlighted the gender disparities between different forms of labour.
Care work forms part of the labour performed to provide support for vulnerable groups, including children and the elderly.
The report, called Time to Care, found that the disproportionate distribution of wealth was catalysed by women performing unpaid or undervalued care work that deepened the divide.
Research by Oxfam also found that giving women easily accessible water could save them as much as four hours a day in parts of Zimbabwe.