The unequal division of domestic chores has been a reality for generations. Even today, 71% of women sleep less than their husbands due to this inequality. For 2020’s World Sleep Day, Ariel India launched the 4th chapter of #ShareTheLoad, giving men yet another reason to share equal responsibility of tasks around the house.
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Ariel’s ShareTheLoad movement in 2020
Our latest #ShareTheLoad for Equal Sleep is all about impact and action. The uneven division of household chores, like laundry, prevents as many as 71% of Indian women from getting enough sleep or rest.
We launched this campaign to drive realisation and urge men into action.
We believe it is all about taking the first step. Even an easy task like the laundry can add to the ever-growing to-do list! So why not help out at home by taking up a few simple tasks like doing the laundry, which is one of the easiest to start with. Women around us are often the first to wake up and the last to sleep. When men don’t ShareTheLoad, one of the basic and everyday needs of life is impacted – sleep and rest. Thus, a lack of sleep is almost an indicator of inequality within the household.
What is ASMR?
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It involves the strange, tingly sensation people get when they watch stimulating videos that could help them relax and can even cause them to fall asleep. These videos are very popular globally and are deemed as being very helpful when it comes to coping with the symptoms of anxiety.
Gibi is a famous American YouTuber who has around 2.53 million subscribers and is globally renowned for her wide variety of ASMR videos. She felt a connection to Ariel’s ShareTheLoad campaign, and created her own #ShareTheLoad ASMR video, with an important message.
“Sleep can continuously be pushed down the list of people’s priorities, even when it’s so important to let your body rest and recover. When we compromise sleep, rest and relaxation because of such a societal pressure to get everything done on our own, it can wear down on us not only physically, but mentally as well. I was touched by Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign, because it’s a message that I believe doesn’t get looked at enough.
I know how important it is in my own household that my partner and I share the load for our own mental health, and I hope this message reaches families and partnerships in India and beyond! There truly is nothing more relaxing than knowing that your partner or your family has your back – that even though there’s work to be done, you can get it done together; it doesn’t always have to be JUST YOU. So, my beautiful ladies in India, this one’s for you! Let’s sit back, relax, and let your partners take up the laundry for a change while you enjoy this ASMR video:
Elated with the first-of-its-kind laundry ASMR, Sharat Verma, CMO, P&G India and Head, Fabric Care Indian Subcontinent, said the following:
“Ariel’s ShareTheLoad movement, which started five years back, has been sparking conversations to promote gender equality in the household by propagating the equal distribution of household chores. The message is more relevant now than ever, especially when the home is also an office, school and playground.
Sharing the load in times of crisis
During the corona-hit times, families are all staying indoors - they are not just working from home, but also working for the home. It is heartening to see more and more men come forward and take pride in doing the household chores so they can be equal partners to their spouses, and thereby setting an example for many men around them to do so. If the load is not shared, then there is an undue burden on one member of the family. But when fathers, sons, husbands come forward to #ShareTheLoad, they also multiple the love!
Sharat Verma, CMO, P&G India and Head, Fabric Care, P&G Indian Subcontinent, added, “The recent times have been challenging and unlike anything we have seen before. But crisis is a great teacher. Today, more men are actively participating in household chores than ever before, and have probably realised through first-hand experience, the amount of effort and time it takes to balance work and household chores. We believe there is something beautiful when a son, father, or husband comes forward to #ShareTheLoad. Which is why, over the past 5 years, Ariel has continued to raise pertinent conversations to encourage more and more men to participate in household chores. This film urges all men to continue to #ShareTheLoad. It also recognises those who are leading the way in being equal partners and setting an example for all of us!!
Tips for Sharing The Load
If you’re unsure where to begin Sharing The Load, we have collected a few guides for you so you can easily become a laundry expert in no time! Share the information and ShareTheLoad!
In case you’d prefer step-by-step instructions on the correct use of the washing machine, and the many ways to wash different clothes, Ariel is here to the rescue!