Catch up on our discussion on transformative policies to redistribute women’s unpaid care work at the NGO CSW Forum on 16 March 2022.
Women and girls bear the brunt of unpaid care work which undermines and limits their rights, opportunities and choices in life and leads to gender gaps in paid work. This has a knock-on effect on women’s quality of life and risk of facing poverty. Despite this, care work is under-funded and mostly invisible across public policy.
Publish What You Fund shared findings from research developed in partnership with the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) that tracks international funding aimed at reducing women’s unpaid care work. Using the framing of the Care Policy Scorecard Framework, findings highlight which policy areas are receiving international funding support, who is funding care and where gaps exist in Kenya, Nigeria and Bangladesh.
A panel including Wangari Kinoti (ActionAid International) and Crystal Simeoni (Nawi Afrifem Macroeconomic Collective) discussed feminist macroeconomic approaches and policies needed to put care at the centre of economies and lead to the just redistribution of care. We debated what more must be done to ensure that policies, budgeting and international support recognise, reduce and redistribute women’s unpaid care work.
- Blandina Bobson, Oxfam Kenya
- Wangari Kinoti, ActionAid International
- Crystal Simeoni, Nawi – Afrifem Macroeconomic Collective
- Alex Farley-Kiwanuka, Publish What You Fund
- Althea Anderson, Hewlett Foundation
- Purity Jebor, Youth Alive! Kenya