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Accounting for Differences in Men’s and Women’s Time and Mobility Constraints

Date Published: 
October 21, 2016

In many rural parts of the world, the agricultural and household work typically done by women and men differs. It differs in terms of what they do, how much time is taken up, and how flexible they are in making changes to these norms. Often, women spend a disproportionate amount of time (in comparison to men) on activities such as household chores, childcare, collecting water and firewood, tending to kitchen gardens, and informal income generating activities. And there is an expectation that they will contribute time and labor to the production and processing of crops and taking care of livestock that are otherwise managed by their spouses.

For you to successfully get your information to both men and women, you need to understand when men and women are available and plan to meet them at a time and place that is convenient for them. Take into account whether it makes sense to meet with women and men together, or separately. Time is valuable, and women especially may not be able to travel far.