We-Care is an initiative to make care work more visible and address it as a factor influencing gender equality. It aims to join others to build solutions to the centuries-old challenge of providing care for people whilst also ensuring women's human rights. Addressing care work is a precondition for achieving women's political, social and economic empowerment, and for overcoming poverty.
WE-Care applies the Rapid Care Analysis methodology and a Household care survey to understand the nature of unpaid care and mobilise stakeholders to take action. It uses multi stakeholder platforms and other forms of engagement, including advocacy, to stimulate the development of practical solutions such as the expansion in infrastructure and services and changes to gender norms and roles.
The Household Care Survey (2015) demonstrated how important it is to gather evidence on RESPONSIBILITY for care, or ‘supervision’ time, as well as hours of care work. The long hours when women are responsible for 'looking after' children or dependent adults clarifies why women carers struggle to attend training, travel to markets, or show up for shifts at an enterprise. Here the outside ring is care WORK – in the project area in Lanao del Sur, Philippines, women average 7.5 hours of work per day, and men 1.1 hours (6 hours difference). The inner ring in dark red includes all hours with care RESPONSIBILITY, including 'supervision' women report an average of 12 hours, men less than 4, (8 hours difference).