Unpaid Care – Why and How to Invest: Policy briefing for national governments
Investments which support households to better meet their unpaid care responsibilities – such as childcare, food preparation and laundry – can yield substantial returns in terms of macro-economic growth, job creation and other key government priorities. This briefing looks at selected evidence and examples and argues that governments should:
- include commitments to support households’ unpaid care work in relevant policies and programmes, and collect data on unpaid care to support policy making;
- increase households’ access to care-supporting infrastructure and services;
- encourage men and boys to share care work; and
- step up efforts to give women a real voice in policy making, and a real opportunity to speak out about unpaid care.