Deeply Talks: Exploring Both Sides of the Care Equation

In our April episode of Deeply Talks, experts join us to discuss both the burden of unpaid care shouldered by women, and the consequences of outsourcing that care.

Written by Megan Clement, Jihii Jolly Published on Read time Approx. 1 minutes
Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait. After a maid from the Philippines was murdered in Kuwait, hundreds of such women have returned home, recounting their abuse and hardship – but also saying they are ready to work abroad again. Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

It’s a well-known fact the women do the lion’s share of unpaid domestic and care work worldwide. But as efforts to get more women into the labor force ramp up, the tasks of caring for children and the elderly, cooking and cleaning are increasingly falling on domestic workers – often low-paid migrants, working under exploitative conditions.

In this episode of Deeply Talks, we explored both sides of the care equation: first the burden of unpaid care that falls on women, and second, the consequences of outsourcing that care to vulnerable workers. Is there a better way to value this essential work?

We were joined by Deepta Chopra, research fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, who unpacked the relationship between unpaid care and paid work for women in low-income countries, and Chidi King, equality director at the International Trade Union Confederation, who discussed how to organize the international care economy in a way that is fair to workers.

Listen to the conversation here.

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