Gender & Development Volume 22, Issue 3, November 2014, Care
 

Woman helping her child put her shoes on
This issue of Gender & Development explores care from a gender perspective. Care is a social good; it not only sustains and reproduces society, but also underpins all development progress. Yet the vast majority of care work is done free, at home; and it is widely seen as a female responsibility. This gender division of labour has profound implications for women and girls – both in terms of their daily lives and options, and their status in society. Writers in this issue explore women’s experience of care work in different contexts from a feminist perspective, highlighting the impact that care work has for their lives, choices and wellbeing, and for the institutions of family, state and market – all of which lose out through unsustainable arrangements for care. Authors share innovative policy, advocacy and programme experience from different development organisations aiming to ensure care is shared more equitably. The goal is for care work to be divided fairly between the sexes, and between the household and other social institutions, including the state. 
                                                        
                                                 
Image: Hasmik Josephan at home with one of her five children, Yegeghis, Armenia, 2011. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam         


Contents

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You can access the Introduction and Resources for the Care issue, free, below.

Editorial

Introduction to gender, development and care
Deepta Chopra and Caroline Sweetman

Articles

What is a transformative approach to care, and why do we need it?
Valeria Esquivel

What does care have to do with human rights? Analysing the impact on women's rights and gender equality
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona and Kate Donald

Public policies on water provision and early childhood education and care (ECEC): do they reduce and redistribute unpaid work?
Marzia Fontana and Diane Elson

Policy advocacy for women's unpaid care work: comparing approaches and strategies in Nepal and Nigeria
Deepta Chopra, Patience Ekeoba, Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, Rachel Moussié
and Mona Sherpa

Not 'women's burden': how washing clothes and grinding corn became issues of social justice and development
Thalia Kidder, Zahria Mapandi and Hector Ortega

Transforming gender roles in domestic and caregiving work: preliminary findings from engaging fathers in maternal, newborn and child health in Rwanda
Kate Doyle, Jane Kato-Wallace, Shamsi Kazimbaya and Gary Barker

Valuing unpaid labour in community Fair Trade products: a Nicaraguan case study from The Body Shop International
Felicity Butler

Caring for people with intellectual disabilities in poor rural communities in Cambodia: experience from ADD International
Sylvie Cordier
 

Resources

Compiled by Liz Cooke
Resources List - Care


Views, events, and debates (subscriber-only access)
Edited by Liz Cooke

Book Reviews (subsriber-only access)
Edited by Liz Cooke


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