A new WHO Report published on 12 March echoes EPSU recommendations on gender and care

The report, Fair share for health and care: gender and the undervaluation of health and care work details gender value gaps and demonstrates how health and care work is globally undervalued, why this is a gender equality issue, and what can be done about it.

It outlines four key gender gaps:

1. the Gender Gap in Care

2. the Gender Gap in Participation

3. the Gender Gap in Earnings

4. the Gender Gap in Working Conditions

By uncovering a global undervaluation of health and care work and making the case to reset the value of health and care work, this report highlights precisely where and how gender-equitable investments in health and care work, coupled with

gender-transformative policies, could reset the value of health and care.

As a conclusion it suggests six policy levers to better value health and care work:

  1. Improve working conditions for all forms of health and care work, especially for highly feminised occupations
  2. Include women more equitably in the paid labour workforce
  3. Enhance conditions of work and wages in the health and care workforce and ensure equal pay for work of equal value
  4. Address the gender gap in care, support quality care work and uphold the rights and wellbeing of caregivers 
  5. Ensure that national statistics account for, measure and value all health and care work
  6. Invest in robust public health systems.

Health systems need to recognize, value and invest in all forms health and care work and workers.

Read the full report here:

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240082854

 

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