Paper publication date: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Before COVID-19, heavy and unequal care responsibilities were already trapping women in time and income poverty and locking them out of public and political life, with women providing 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work per day—three times more than men. Now, it’s even more.

WE-Care has responded to this in the last quarter by undertaking research to understand how lockdowns are affecting men and women’s unpaid care work and communicating powerful calls for action to governments, journalists, community and religious leaders, civil society partners and communities. This research highlighted that while COVID-19 and the related containment efforts have caused increases in women’s—and men’s—unpaid care workloads, women are still doing the bulk of this work. Right now, we have a historic opportunity to set things right and to enable an economic recovery that prioritizes investments in care.