Sharing the load: Unpaid care work and women’s economic empowerment
Unpaid care work, performed mostly by women around the world, is a key piece of the empowerment puzzle: it entrenches the subordination of women in society but, at the same time, it is indispensable for economic growth and human wellbeing. In Sharing the load, a new GADN briefing as part of its Gender Equality and Macroeconomics Project, we outline key recommendations to governments around unpaid care work:
Include unpaid care work in national accounts and in the calculation of GDP.
Commission gender impact assessments of macroeconomic policies and budgets.
Invest in time- and labour-saving technologies in care and domestic work as appropriate for the most marginalised women in urban and rural areas.
Invest in gender-responsive infrastructure like public transportation, roads, home electricity and water, and well-lit public spaces.
Increase the provision of publically funded education, health and care services.
Provide comprehensive universal social protection regardless of employment status.
Challenge social norms that portray unpaid care work as “women’s work”.
Include carers in economic decision-making and policy design.
You can read the full briefing here.