It took us a global pandemic to realise that we depend on care. But despite all the clapping from the balconies, care workers continue to work in precarious and vulnerable conditions. In the EU, carers earn on average 65% of the national average employee income.
Who are the ones at the forefront? 70% of health and social carers are WOMEN. Women suffer from a severe lack of recognition of their paid and unpaid care work.
Most care work is not even paid at all. The essential everyday tasks in our homes, performed by an overwhelming majority of women, remain unacknowledged.
Our economies, our lives, cannot go on forgetting that paid and unpaid caregivers are the ones that cover our most basic needs. We need to move away from a profit-driven model of growth to a care-driven model.
It’s time for a care revolution! We need to #Care4Care!
The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), together with its member foundations, has been intensively working since November 2019 to monitor the EU gender equality policy agenda through a progressive lens focusing particularly on its care dimensions.
In this second article of the FEPS-FES Care4Care Policy Brief Series, Dr. Janna Besamusca and Dr. Mara Yerkes (Utrecht University) outline why part-time work (PTW) is inextricably linked to care and to gender.
Whilst the pandemic has only contributed to increasing the already existing inequalities associated with it, the authors offer a more nuanced picture of part-time workers’ profile whilst addressing the socio-economic risks and opportunities this type of employment presents.
Vital Yet Vulnerable: Europe’s Intra-EU Migrant Caregivers
In this first article of the FEPS-FES Care4Care Policy Brief Series, Dr Petra Ezzeddine (Charles University, Prague) questions the migration angle in the face of late modern societies’ chronic care shortage.
Populations are ageing, and the traditional assumption that families (and predominantly their female members) represent an unlimited, endlessly flexible reservoir of care has been challenged. There is an indisputable social need for institutions to care for elderly people and for hired domestic care workers.
18/01/2021 7th Barbara Prammer Symposium: For a Gender-sensitive COVID-19 Responses / Watch the event/ Partners: FEPS-Renner Institute
30/10/2020 European Forum - Economic violence against women and girls: Covid-19 gives us attention. Presentation of the Policy Study Inequality and the care economy (1:08:39)
14/10/2020 Cherishing All Equally - Inequality and the Care Economy / Watch the event / Partners: FEPS-TASC-FES
02/10/2020 Welfare and Care Economy: How to strengthen gender equality and decent work in social care systems / Watch the event / Korčula School 2020. Partners: FEPS-FES-CEE Gender Network
FEPS President Maria João Rodrigues Contribution to PES Women Campaign #MakeHerCount for Equal Pay