Why care? Unpaid Care Work and links to women's economic empowerment.

ActionAid’s POWER project now has two policy briefs on the: ‘Incorporation of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Unpaid Care Work into regional policies’.  One version is focused on South Asia and the other on Africa.

The gendered nature and unequal burden of Unpaid Care Work is a key challenge to attaining women’s economic empowerment. Given the disproportionate amount of time poor rural women often spend on Unpaid Care Work, they are unable to secure safe, fair employment, and are often forced to compromise their health and leisure time to secure paid work. Any strategies to achieve women’s economic empowerment in rural must therefore take into consideration Unpaid Care Work and its impacts on women in the region. There are various regional and national level actors and policies in place for the promotion of women’s economic empowerment in and, while these organisations, and the frameworks put forth by them, provide a strong basis for the achievement of women’s economic empowerment, there are certain gaps in their ability to attain their goals.

The policy briefs outline details on the challenges in the different regions, the mechanisms already place and the gaps - and then make key recommendations for national and regional actors.

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