Gendered Patterns Of Unpaid Care and Domestic Work in the Urban Informal Settlements Of Nairobi, Kenya.

Findings from a Household Care Survey 2019

Tabitha Mwikali, 36, a domestic worker hanging clothes for her employer in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. 2016
Paper author: 
Oxfam Kenya
Paper publication date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Oxfam in Kenya through its Women’s Rights Programme commissioned a Household Care Survey (HCS) between October 2018 and March 2019. The objective of the survey was to understand how Unpaid Care and Domestic Work (UCDW) impacts men and women, boys and girls at the household level, targeting five informal settlements of Kibera, Mathare, Mukuru, Kawangware and Korogocho in Nairobi City.

The report highlights that unequal distribution of UCDW between women and men, boys and girls, further limits women’s opportunities for economic empowerment and political participation. Additionally, the reduction of UCDW for women would enable them to engage in productive activities linked to improvements in their livelihoods.