What does “unpaid care” mean?
Unpaid care refers to the undertaking of tasks and domestic responsibilities without remuneration, such as raising children, cleaning the home, or supporting elderly or ill relatives.
Despite progress for women’s participation in the workforce, unpaid care and domestic duties continue to be widely considered “women’s work”. As such, working women around the world are undertaking significantly more hours of unpaid care than men.
By creating a culture that promotes and supports the equal distribution of unpaid caring responsibilities for parents and carers, employers can:
- remove physical and metaphorical workplace barriers for women and underrepresented individuals;
- normalize practices and destigmatize them for those who need them to thrive;
- promote shared responsibility of unpaid care, which is crucial in the fight for gender equity.
“So many companies are focused on recruiting and getting to that 50/50 gender or 30/70 ethnicity level of representation […] But they’re not then working on ways to retain this talent. What a waste of money, resources, time, and effort.”
`Asif Sadiq MBE
Global DEI thought leader and member of WORK180 DEI Board