Invisible Work by University of Art and Design Linz

The data visualization "Invisible Work" shows the inequality in time spent on unpaid work among the sexes.

In 2015 Austria, where I am from, and the 192 other member states of the United Nations committed to pursuing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They encompass social, ecological and economic aspects and are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The fifth goal is "Gender equality - achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls to self-determination" with the fourth sub-goal titled "Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate. " This is recorded under the indicator “Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location”. The relevant data are made available to the public through the UN data forum.

From a personal perspective – having been both my first comprehensive data visualisation and my bachelor's degree project – this was a challenge, but to this day is one of the pieces of work I am most proud of. It was accompanied by extensive research on the topic of unpaid work as well as on the art form of data visualisation, from which I have gained a lot.