Spotlights The Care Economy

 

Care crises are looming for countries around the world.

Citizens are living longer — according to the UN, the number of people aged 60 or older has tripled since 1950. Women, who shoulder the majority of childcare responsibilities, are often kept from working. Undocumented migrants working in homes find themselves at risk of exploitation.

Yet care economy jobs, which require hard-to-automate attributes like interpersonal skills, could prove fairly resilient to turmoil in the labour market. Strategic investments in care work by the state could not only remove these burdens but help to revive struggling economies.

So how can government turn these challenges to their advantage? And what are the solutions to problems faced by carers today — not least the mental and physical health consequences associated with low pay, precarity, or guilt?

In this series of articles, in partnership with the Wilson Center’s Women in  Public Service Project and Maternal Health Initiative, we’re speaking to experts and policymakers around the world to make sense of these issues. 

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