Celebrated every year on the first Tuesday of April, this year falling on April 2nd, 2024, Invisible Work Day highlights the unpaid and often unrecognized work done by women, particularly in developing countries.

This year, it is an opportune moment to shine a spotlight on African women, whose daily labor is essential to the development of the continent, but which remains largely invisible and undervalued. According to the Canadian association Afeas, which initiated this reflection, the annual value of women’s invisible and unpaid work worldwide was already estimated at 11 trillion US dollars in 1995 (source: UN).

In Africa, women carry a disproportionate workload. They take care of domestic tasks, child education, care for the elderly and sick, and often contribute to agriculture and small businesses. This work, although indispensable to the functioning of African societies, is neither recognized nor remunerated at its fair value.

The consequences of this invisibilization are multiple. African women have limited access to social and economic services and are often victims of poverty and exclusion. Their contribution to economic development is ignored, which hinders the growth and prosperity of the continent.

It is time to break the silence and recognize the inestimable value of the invisible work of African women. This requires concrete actions:

Measuring and Valuing Invisible Work:
Studies and statistics are needed to quantify the impact of invisible work on African economies.

Implementing Supportive Policies for Women:
Access to childcare, education, and vocational training are essential policies to alleviate women’s workload and allow them to participate fully in economic development.

Changing Mindsets:
It is necessary to raise awareness about the value of invisible work and combat sexist stereotypes that perpetuate injustice towards women.

Direct support: Investing in programs that provide women with access to education, training, and resources to improve their productivity and income-generating opportunities.

On this International Invisible Labor Day, L’Africaine calls for concrete recognition and valorization of the work of African women.
Giving visibility to their contribution is a crucial step towards inclusive and sustainable development of the continent.

L’Africaine, a media committed to the empowerment of African women, will continue to give a voice to those who make Africa, day after day, in the shadow and silence.
With small efforts, we will achieve the equality for which we fight body and soul!

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