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    louise mcleod
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    Caregiving and unpaid work… side event

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    Carework is central to their work. Economy should be designed for women. Value of care economy is 10 trilion $. Carework is essential and should have same value as paid work. Carework is low paid and insecure, workers face exploitation. Women are not the decision makers re policy.

    Many women give up paid work to be caregivers. Gov’t budgets and economic strategies should address this. Policies which invest in the care economy, social care and child care will increase employment.

    Women spend about 6 weeks annually on unpaid work and Carework. Should figure out a way for this to work for women. Women are not earning earning income or only work part time. Women live longer than men. Need a pension system that recognizes women’s contribution. When a woman doesn’t have paid work, she isn’t contributing to a pension. At the end of the day we have a lot of poverty among elderly women.

    Recognition.. work is part of society.. food and housing security. It is a right. Is a lot of inefficiency when women in many countries have No access to water, electricity, and infrastructure for security.

    Redistribution in the household from women to men and children to adults. Government need to take responsibility as well as the household.

    Recognition needed that work is part of society.. food and housing security. It is a right. Is a lot of inefficiency. No access to water, infrastructure for security,

    Redistribution in the household from women to men and children to adults. Government need to take responsibility as well as the household.

    How address the issue of unpaid work/care from Islamic perspective. Koran states that women have the right to choice re roles in the household and a balance of them so no undue burden on any one member of the household. Men can do chores too. For example it is common to have wet nurses for a fee and contract out basic chores. The mother can be compensated for her household chores.

    Tajikistan.. study. Found that women spend more than 4 hours/day cooking. Issue became what/how to construct structure to improve methods and equipment.

    New tool: Rapid care analysis at the community level. Can be used by non experts. Set of exercises to determine how people use their time. Provides evidence and draws awareness.

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