Women, COVID-19, and the care economy

| April 4, 2022

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This policy brief from UN Women discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the care economy. Since the pandemic, there has been an increase in unpaid care work. Globally, women do three times as much unpaid and domestic care work as men. 

This resource discusses the following topics:

  • Why women and girls shoulder the bulk of paid and unpaid care work.
  • The ways in which women are at the frontlines of healthcare.
  • How formal and informal childcare services have declined since COVID-19.
  • How to transform care systems now and for the future.

This resource is available in English, French, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish. 

To access the resource, go to: https://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2020/06/policy-brief-covid-19-and-the-care-economy

Photo: A woman holds a young child. Credit: David Snyder for UN Women.