The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic highlight longstanding gender inequities in both unpaid and paid care work — and have brought care to the forefront of social and economic policy dialogues. WeProsper, a global coalition for women’s economic empowerment (WEE), developed this report to synthesize evidence to inform advocacy campaigns and policy recommendations. Given this evidence, WeProsper makes the case for policymakers to take action on and invest in care holistically, as they weigh the full range of COVID-19 recovery measures and other competing investment priorities.
This report, the second in a two-part series on care work, synthesizes a wide range of existing research and evidence on one aspect of care policies — care-related infrastructure — with a focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and intersections with climate change. This includes the evaluation of existing policies and programs on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), energy, transport, and time and labor-saving equipment (TLSE) infrastructure with WEE outcomes, current levels of investment and financing, and policy considerations.