Resources on Care Economy

  1. New findings on the global care economy

    Caring for the carers

    28 June 2018

    Investment in the care economy needs to be doubled to avert a looming global care crisis, says a new ILO report "Care work and care jobs for the future of decent work" . Sweeping changes in policies should address the rising need for care and tackle the huge disparity between women’s and men’s care responsibilities.

  2. Publication

    Cooperatives meeting informal economy workers' child care needs - A Joint ILO and WIEGO Initiative

    25 April 2018

    Cooperatives set up and run by workers in the informal economy are among the solutions in meeting women workers’ care needs, while also helping protect their labour rights. This report complements the ILO's previous studies with cases from Brazil, India, and Guatemala on how informal economy workers’ organizations can mobilize through cooperatives to provide child care services to their members. The case studies highlight diverse forms of child care provision and outline the varied partnerships needed to implement and sustain child care services for informal economy workers.

  3. Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 95

    Conceptualizing the role of intermediaries in formalizing domestic work

    04 April 2018

  4. Working Paper No. 1 / 2017

    Cash transfer programmes, poverty reduction and women’s economic empowerment: Experience from Mexico

    23 August 2017

    This working paper on cash transfers in Mexico presents the impact of a major national cash transfer programme on health, education, income, poverty, labour force participation, time use and bargaining power of women at the household and community level. Its results point to evidence that most of these gender-related interventions have focused on breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty, particularly for disadvantaged girl children, but have been weaker in promoting women’s economic empowerment through employment or sustainable livelihoods. It also highlights the challenge of enhancing women’s economic empowerment with targeted actions aimed at reducing women’s time poverty and redistributing unpaid care responsibilities between women and men and between families and the State. This working paper is a joint publication of the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch in the ILO Conditions of Work and Equality Department and the ILO Social Protection Department.

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    ILO study

    Maternity protection: Good for workers, good for small businesses

    20 October 2014

    Maternity protection and work-family measures can generate positive outcomes for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), says ILO Specialist Laura Addati.

  6. Publication

    Maternity Protection Resource Package

    22 November 2012

    The Maternity Protection Resource Package provides guidance and tools to strengthen and extend maternity protection to all women in all types of economic activity.

  7. Publication

    Working Paper No. 86 - The unpaid care work - paid work connection

    01 May 2009