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ECLAC’s New Care Law Database

ECLAC’s Gender Affairs Division recently compiled a database of all of the existing care laws in the constitutional and other domestic legislation in Latin American and Caribbean countries. The database contains information on more than 200 legislative bodies. These laws concern various care issues such as parental leave, extra-home...

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General Orders (Anguilla)

Legal depository - Country: Anguilla / Year: 2004, 2010

General Orders, Chapter 7:   Paragraph 7.24 states that “Women officers will be eligible for the grant of thirteen weeks maternity leave with full salary of which not fewer than four (if officer is physically on the job) and not more than six weeks may be taken before the...

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Care-Related Policies and Laws in Latin America and the Caribbean

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This database set up and maintained by the Gender Affairs Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) comprises the existing care legislation contained in the constitutional charters and other legislative instruments of the countries Latin America and the Caribbean. Public care policies are designed...

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Investing in the Care Economy: Simulating employment effects by gender in countries in emerging economies

Resources - Author: Diane Perrons, Jerome De Henau, Susan Himmelweit / Year: 2017

Increasing public investment in emerging economies would boost employment and contribute to economic growth and, depending on the form and location of the investment, contribute to enhancing human development and realizing some of the Sustainable Development Goals. This report makes a case for public investment in social as well...

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Investing in the Care Economy:  A gender analysis of employment stimulus in seven OECD countries

Resources - Author: Diane Perrons, Jerome De Henau, Susan Himmelweit, Zofia Łapniewska / Year: 2016

Increasing public investment would stimulate employment and economic growth and provide a more effective means of moving out of recession than current austerity policies. This report makes such a case for public investment that is in social as well as physical infrastructure. By social infrastructure we mean education, care...

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Challenges in Long-Term Care of the Elderly in Central and Eastern Europe

Resources - Author: Kenichi Hirose, Zofia Czepulis-Rutkowska / Year: 2016

Long-term care of the elderly is an imminent policy issue for countries facing profound demographic transformations due to ageing. Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries face complex challenges in securing accessible, adequate and sustainable long-term care. While CEE countries anticipate a growing number of elderly persons in need of...

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Long-Term Care of Older Persons in India

Resources - Author: A.B. Dey / Year: 2016

Older persons, particularly the oldest-old, are the fastest growing population segment in India and many of them require or will require long-term care in the future. The paper discusses policies on population ageing in India, such as the National Policy on Older Persons and the National Programme for Health...

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Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Resources - Author: Dunja Krause, Ilcheong Yi, Katja Hujo, Pascal van Griethuysen, Peter Utting, Valeria Esquivel / Year: 2016

World leaders have committed to transform our world and to leave no one behind in the quest for sustainable development. What needs to happen now to enable the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to deliver on its transformative promise? Which policies and practices will lead to social, economic and...

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Financial Support for Single Parents in Caring for their Children: Private child support and social assistance

Resources - Author: Debbie Budlender / Year: 2015

Public assistance in the Caribbean generally does not include special provisions for sole parents. Instead, such families—if they are fortunate—receive support through the limited general public assistance schemes.  The amount of benefits in Caribbean countries is likely to be lower than in developed countries in both absolute and relative...

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Women at Work: Trends 2016

Resources - Author: ILO / Year: 2016

This report provides the latest ILO data on women’s position in labour markets, examines the factors behind these trends and explores the policy drivers for transformative change. The report provides a picture of where women stand today in the world of work and how they have progressed over the...

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Social Protection and Care in the Sustainable Development Goals

Resources - Year: 2015

Care and social protection are both explicitly mentioned in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the Goals fall short of addressing how gendered power relations can be an impediment to women being able to fully enjoy their human rights. Valeria Esquivel from UNRISD discusses how social protection can contribute...

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Gender Equality, Child Development and Job Creation: How to reap the ‘triple dividend’ from early childhood education and care services

Resources - Author: Silke Staab / Year: 2015

This brief synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations for realizing the triple dividend from early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. ECEC services have come to occupy an important place on the global policy agenda. While some developed countries have long invested in this area, a growing number...

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Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

Resources - Author: James Heintz, Laura Turquet, Papa Seck, Shahra Razavi, Silke Staab / Year: 2015

Twenty years after the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and at a time when the global community is defining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, the international consensus on the need to achieve gender equality seems stronger than ever before. Empowering women and...

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Reproductive and care functions: from caring to sharing

Resources - Author: Sharon Offenberger / Year: 2014

Summary: Women’s productive and reproductive roles are often described as being ‘in conflict’, as women’s increasing labour force participation has not automatically resulted in fundamental change in their childcare and domestic responsibilities. Gender stereotypes regarding women’s roles both at work and at home constrain their work opportunities and perpetuate...

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Report on the importance of gender sensitive social protection systems in achieving the MDGs (A/65/259) submitted by the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty

Resources - Author: Magdalena Sepúlveda / Year: 2010

Summary The present report highlights the importance of social protection measures in the Millennium Development Goals agenda. It also stresses that social protection measures designed, implemented and evaluated within the framework of a rights-based approach are more likely to ensure the achievement of the Goals and to result in...

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Social Protection and Human Rights