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Tackling heavy and unequal unpaid care and domestic work to create lasting change for women and girls

Across the globe, unpaid care and domestic work (UCDW) sustains communities and economies. It provides essential care for children, sick and elderly people, and people with disabilities. Without unpaid care, the global economy as we know it would grind to a halt.

Yet this work falls disproportionately on women and girls, limiting their opportunities to participate in decent paid employment, education, leisure and political life. Heavy and unequal UCDW traps women and girls in cycles of poverty and stops them from being part of solutions.

The WE-Care Programme works towards a just and inclusive society by recognizing, reducing and redistributing UCDW. We envision a world where women and girls have more choice at every stage of their lives. So we work to ensure carers’ voices are heard in decision making about policies and budgets at all levels.

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Ulita Mutambo’s husband Muchineripi Sibanda helps her hang up laundry outside their home in Ture Village, Zvishevane region, Zimbabwe. Aurelie Marrier d’Unienville. Nurses from Somerton clinic collect water from a local pump outside the clinic in Masvingo District, Zimbabwe. Aurelie Marrier d’Unienville