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Investments which support households to better meet their unpaid care responsibilities – such as childcare, food preparation and laundry – can yield substantial returns in terms of macro-economic growth, job creation and other key government priorities. This briefing looks at selected evidence and examples and argues that governments should:

  • include commitments to support households’ unpaid care work in relevant policies and programmes, and collect data on unpaid care to support policy making;
  • increase households’ access to care-supporting infrastructure and services;
  • encourage men and boys to share care work; and
  • step up efforts to give women a real voice in policy making, and a real opportunity to speak out about unpaid care.

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