Unpaid Care Work In Kenya: Evidence From The WEE Community of Practice Learning Agenda

This brief summarizes the state of the evidence on unpaid care work in the African context, and Kenya in particular, across three main areas of inquiry:

    1. What are the costs and consequences associated with unpaid care work?
    2. What is the relationship between gender norms and attitudes and the distribution of household care work?
    3. What are the programs and policies to improve the status of care work and caregivers?

The answers to the above questions are drawn from the primary research work being conducted by members of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Community of Practice (WEE CoP) in Kenya. The WEE CoP, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, connects 72 partners (as of publication), and coordinates learning, amplifies findings, builds capacity, and enhances collaboration between key stakeholders to share evidence and best practices related to women’s economic empowerment in Kenya and the wider region. The Community’s primary goal is to strengthen the effectiveness and longevity of research and advocacy in Kenya to increase women’s access to opportunity and the means to build sustainable livelihoods.

Publication Rights:

International Center for Research on Women (2023). Unpaid Care Work in Kenya: Evidence from the Kenya Women’s Economic Empowerment Community of Practice. Learning Brief. Nairobi. ICRW.