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Redistributing care

The Policy Challenge

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This publication offers a representative sample of the thinking developed over recent years in relation to time use, time-use measurement and related policies in Latin America. The issue of care and its importance and meaning have become part of the gender agenda in the region, especially since the tenth session of the Region Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Quito in 2007.

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Social protection and unpaid work: Redistribution of caregiving tasks and responsibilities - A case study of Costa Rica

A rigid sexual division of labour is one of the continuing barriers on the path to gender equality. This is especially significant in terms of the responsibility assigned to women for caregiving in the home, which limits gender equality in paid work and other public spheres. The main challenge to breaking down this barrier is to redistribute total work, both paid and unpaid, with the latter consisting mainly of care provided in the home. It is therefore recommended to increase not only the role of the state, market and society, but also men’s participation in dependent care tasks, as prerequisites for achieving a society where men and women are both breadwinners and caregivers (ECLAC, 2010).

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