The care economy in the new social contract

Care work, paid or unpaid, supports all economic activities in societies on a global scale. However, in Latin America, care giving tends to rely disproportionately on households, with less involvement of the public sector, markets or the third sector. 

Care activities, whether paid or unpaid, are disproportionately performed by women, not only in their homes, but also in their jobs, neighborhoods and social organizations. Therefore, redistributing this care work becomes a key factor in reversing the gender gap, thus promoting equal employment opportunities between men and women. 

This work was carried out together with Southern Voice and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). 

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