The training took place from 27th to 29th in three Sectors of Gisagara District (Gishubi, Kibirizi and Muganza Sectors). 110 men (additionally to 90 men and 150 women trained in 2013) attended the training. The objectives of the training were as follow:
1. The first component of the survey is to start changing women’s and men’s beliefs that unpaid care work is primarily the responsibility of women and girls and that it is not as valuable as men’s contribution through paid work.
2. A second component is to demand acknowledgment of its value from communities and local leaders.
3 The third component is for women to demand more public services from local and national authorities to fulfill their basic human rights and support their households to provide better quality care, while saving them time and energy to engage in other activities.
4 Through this process the program seeks to support women’s individual and collective empowerment. In demanding recognition of women’s unpaid care work and more public services the program also challenges dominant economic models and explore alternative ways of organizing the production and distribution of care services.
5 Consequently, this training aims at explaining to participants the aims of this survey, concept of women UCW and how & when to fill out time diaries.
However; time use surveys are used to measure the way different categories of people (women and men, rich and poor, rural and urban) use their time.
• Time use surveys can be used to make ignored activities – such as those excluded from GDP – visible.
• Time use diaries can be used to measure the differences in time spent on paid and unpaid activities, and the differences in time spent on non-work and leisure.
• The information can be used to think about and discuss needs and workloads, and for evidence-based policy advocacy (having time use data is useful because numbers speak louder than words to certain policymakers).
• Numbers make us rethink our assumptions and avoid easy (but perhaps incorrect) generalizations.
• A survey brings together information from many people to give the ‘typical’ situation. It shows us we are not ‘alone’.
• A survey avoids focus on the exceptions, but can also highlight those in most need.
The training ended with the commitment of men in the support to fill out time diaries and help their wives in household unpaid care works. Men also became committed in being peer educators in the domain of women UCW within their communities.
Réseau des Femmes Oeuvrant pour le Développement Rural