Women Deliver 2023 Pre-Conference on the Care Economy

Event: Sunday, July 16, 2023, Kigali, Rwanda

Strengthening Care Policies and Intersectional Movements for Care Justice

In recent years, ongoing conflicts and crises have spurred the urgent need for action and political will to support a resilient care economy. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the fragility, inadequacy, and injustice of the global childcare, eldercare, and disability care infrastructure. This has been exacerbated by more frequent climate emergencies and conflicts. Women’s disproportionate share of unpaid care responsibilities increased significantly due to school and daycare closures, heightened eldercare and disability care needs, lockdowns, and other disruptions. As a result, women were forced to reduce their work hours or drop out of the labor force entirely to meet their care demands. Many girls have not returned to school due to increased caregiving and domestic responsibilities, and early marriage. Despite these ongoing challenges, the care economy remains underinvested and understudied, particularly among resource-constrained countries.

Building on the Bali Care Economy Dialogue in November 2022 and recent regional and global convenings focused on care, the pre-conference will elevate regional perspectives on care while specifically focusing on concrete, tangible actions for change and lifting up intersectional movements for care justice.

The Women Deliver 2023 Pre-Conference on the Care Economy is a collaboration across a consortium of partners. It is co-organized by Women Deliver, The Asia Foundation, the Center for Global Development, WeProsper Coalition, and the International Labour Organization, in partnership with the Cadmus Group, the Early Childhood Development Action Network, Equimundo: Center for Masculinities and Social Justice, FEMNET, the Global Alliance for Care, the Hilton Foundation, the International Development Research Centre, the International Rescue Committee, Municipality of Bogota, Moving Minds Alliance, Pro Mujer, Sonke Gender Justice, and the UN Women Asia-Pacific Regional Office. 

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