Expanding Care Economy in South Asia
5 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 7, 2019
Transformative care policies have recently been debated at the ILO to meet SDG targets on employment generation and decent work, gender equality, and poverty reduction through state-funded social security policies. South Asia, which houses a large proportion of unpaid care work burden, is a region of special interest. The article explores how investment in care economy can be routed through restructuring labor, gender mainstreaming macroeconomics and introducing transformative care policies. This approach closely ties with the investment in physical infrastructure that governments of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have begun, which has a potential to augment care infrastructure.
Keywords: Care Economy, Development, Gender, Women and Labor, Social Policy, South Asia, India, Welfare
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