The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) recommends investing in the care sector and increasing availability, affordability and quality of care services to reduce gender inequality.
EIGE highlights some key figures from a forthcoming report titled “Gender inequalities in care and consequences for the labour market”. The report is part of its work on monitoring the EU’s progress towards gender equality commitments, linking the unequal division of unpaid care work to gender inequality in the labour market.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also shown the importance of essential care jobs for the well-functioning of society and the economy, and this highlights the need to invest in the care sector.
EIGE recommends increasing the availability, affordability and quality of care services for children, older people and people with disabilities by promoting large scale investments in the care sector.
The finalised EIGE report will be published in January 2021.
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