The Spanish government plans to develop a free app to address the gender disparity in housework. The app will log the hours spent by family members on domestic tasks.
Ángela Rodríguez, Spain’s minister for gender equality and domestic violence, confirmed that her department is currently working on the app, enabling both genders to track their contributions to housework.
According to The Times, the app is expected to be unveiled in the summer as part of the government’s “co-responsibility plan.”
Speaking at a convention for the committee on eliminating discrimination against women (Cedaw) in Geneva, Ángela Rodríguez emphasized that women spend more time on household tasks than men. She described the app’s design as “bold” and highlighted its capability to monitor various domestic responsibilities, thus acknowledging the mental burden associated with housework and caregiving duties.
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Although primarily intended for couples and families, the app could also be utilized for task allocation among children or roommates, added Ms. Rodríguez.
The government has initiated a bidding process, with a budget of €211,000 (£183,000), to select the company responsible for developing the app.