Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights: Unpaid Care Work and Women's Human Rights

24 Pages Posted: 19 May 2014

Date Written: August 9, 2013

Abstract

In this report unpaid care work is positioned as a major human rights issue. Focusing on women caregivers, particularly those living in poverty, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights argues that heavy and unequal care responsibilities are a major barrier to gender equality and to women’s equal enjoyment of human rights, and, in many cases, condemn women to poverty. Therefore, the failure of States to adequately provide, fund, support and regulate care contradicts their human rights obligations, by creating and exacerbating inequalities and threatening women’s rights enjoyment. The report analyses the relationship between unpaid care and poverty, inequality and women’s human rights; clarifies the human rights obligations of States with regard to unpaid care; and finally provides recommendations to States on how to recognize, value, reduce and redistribute unpaid care work. Ultimately, it argues that State policies should position care as a social and collective responsibility, in particular through improving women’s access to public services, care services and infrastructure.

Keywords: unpaid care work, care economy, human rights, women empowerment, gender equality

Suggested Citation

Sepulveda Carmona, Magdalena, Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights: Unpaid Care Work and Women's Human Rights (August 9, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2437791 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2437791

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