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Enabling Women’s Economic Empowerment

New Approaches to Unpaid Care Work in Developing Countries

Published on June 03, 2019

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Women’s unequal share of unpaid care work can prevent their full participation in the economies of developing countries; however, care needs are growing globally. How can governments and development partners meet the needs of families and communities, while ensuring that all citizens benefit from economic opportunities and fair remuneration? As part of the OECD Policy Dialogue on Women’s Economic Empowerment, this report focuses on identifying what works to address unpaid care work and sheds light on how governments, donors in the private sector and civil society actors – among others – can design policies to support both those who need care and those who provide care. The report brings together existing knowledge of policy options for unpaid care work across regions, in four policy areas: infrastructure, social protection, public services and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Overview
How can promoting shared responsibility within the household address women’s unpaid care work?
How can infrastructure address women’s unpaid care work
How can social protection address women’s unpaid care work?
How can public services address women’s unpaid care work?
Financing options to address women’s unpaid care work
Annexes3 chapters available
Framework and methodology
Detailed research questions used for country case studies
Programmes and policies included in analysis of Brazil, Kenya and Nepal
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