ABOUT

The Global Alliance for Care is a global multi-stakeholder initiative launched by the National Institute of Women in Mexico (INMUJERES) and UN-Women in the context of the 2021 Generation Equality Forum.

The Alliance seeks to address the profound implications of the unequal distribution of care on gender equality and societies in general. Due to prevailing gender norms, care and domestic work are still primarily provided by women and girls who spend triple the amount of time on such work in comparison with men and boys. The resulting overburdening of women and girls around the world seriously hinders their life potential and economic and social development.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further revealed the fragility and inadequacy of prevailing care work arrangements, societies’ dependence on unpaid care, and the precarious labour conditions of care workers. Thus, in the wake of the Generation Equality Forum and Action Coalitions, the Global Alliance for Care issues an urgent call to governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, and other strategic partners to take concerted action to reduce inequalities and promote a cultural transformation by guaranteeing the recognition, reduction, remuneration and redistribution of domestic and care work among every co-responsible actor.

By increasing and implementing commitments towards economic justice and rights for women and girls worldwide, the Global Alliance for Care seeks to leverage its partnerships to accelerate an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Alliance, launched by INMUJERES in close collaboration with UN Women, emerged as part of the commitments mobilized by the Generation Equality Forum, which began in March in Mexico City and culminated in Paris, France, in July 2021, with the launch of the Global Acceleration Plan for Equality of Gender. The Alliance is an urgent call to action within the broader framework of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights.

ABOUT

The Global Alliance for Care is a global multi-stakeholder initiative launched by the National Institute of Women in Mexico (INMUJERES) and UN-Women in the context of the 2021 Generation Equality Forum.

The Alliance seeks to address the profound implications of the unequal distribution of care on gender equality and societies in general. Due to prevailing gender norms, care and domestic work are still primarily provided by women and girls who spend triple the amount of time on such work in comparison with men and boys. The resulting overburdening of women and girls around the world seriously hinders their life potential and economic and social development.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further revealed the fragility and inadequacy of prevailing care work arrangements, societies’ dependence on unpaid care, and the precarious labour conditions of care workers. Thus, in the wake of the Generation Equality Forum and Action Coalitions, the Global Alliance for Care issues an urgent call to governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, and other strategic partners to take concerted action to reduce inequalities and promote a cultural transformation by guaranteeing the recognition, reduction, remuneration and redistribution of domestic and care work among every co-responsible actor.

By increasing and implementing commitments towards economic justice and rights for women and girls worldwide, the Global Alliance for Care seeks to leverage its partnerships to accelerate an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Alliance, launched by INMUJERES in close collaboration with UN Women, emerged as part of the commitments mobilized by the Generation Equality Forum, which began in March in Mexico City and culminated in Paris, France, in July 2021, with the launch of the Global Acceleration Plan for Equality of Gender. The Alliance is an urgent call to action within the broader framework of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights.

Why the Global Alliance for Care?

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the huge social and economic disparities women face. In light of this, the importance of care work has become increasingly apparent to governments, the private sector and civil society. The Global Alliance for Care emerges from this notion as an urgent Call to Action; a platform to inspire different actors and promote the care work agenda in all regions of the world.

Vision

We aspire the feminist care agenda be fully installed globally by 2026; and that countries and their societies have integrated it into their policies by adopting normative changes, designing and implementing new policies, programmes and other measures; as well as by adopting appropriate budgets.

The Alliance is a space for co-creation, cooperation and collaboration, to share practices, articulate dialogues and generate advocacy and inter-institutional action, which takes into account the different roles of its members in implementing the care agenda at the local to the global level.

PREMISES

Care as a public good

Care as the responsibility of the State promoting co-responsibility of the  private sector, families, communities, and men & boys in care systems

Care as a human right (the right to care and be cared for)

Recognize women’s major contributions in care work and the impact the resulting overload of work has on their development possibilities

Need for accessible and affordable high-quality care services and infrastructure

The value of knowledge creation and management, and of data generation

Recognize and promote an intersectional approach to Care

Recognize the labor rights of caregivers and strengthen their organizations and networks

INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS

Promote the generation of data and evidence, including costing studies and measurements of the economic value of care work; and create  communities of practice that foster an active exchange of experiences and best practices in care.

Promote regulatory frameworks and legislative reforms that recognize the rights of care providers and recipients, and that support comprehensive actions and policies in care.

Launch concrete actions by States, communities and the private sector, to develop and increase services and investment in social and physical care infrastructure.

Expand financial means such as fiscal space, for the progressive implementation of universal and sustainable care systems.

Promote policies, interventions and transformative actions to foster positive social norms, such as awareness campaigns on co-responsibility of care.

Advocate and promote the care agenda within local, national, regional and international spaces  including through multilateral and international cooperation.

INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS

Promote the generation of data and evidence, including costing studies and measurements of the economic value of care work; and create  communities of practice that foster an active exchange of experiences and best practices in care.

Promote regulatory frameworks and legislative reforms that recognize the rights of care providers and recipients, and that support comprehensive actions and policies in care.

Launch concrete actions by States, communities and the private sector, to develop and increase services and investment in social and physical care infrastructure.

Expand financial means such as fiscal space, for the progressive implementation of universal and sustainable care systems.

Promote policies, interventions and transformative actions to foster positive social norms, such as awareness campaigns on co-responsibility of care.

Advocate and promote the care agenda within local, national, regional and international spaces  including through multilateral and international cooperation.

NATIONAL COMMITMENTS

Establish the foundation of a national system of care.

Promote a regulatory framework that guarantees the right to care and receive care as a human right.

Launch a transformative awareness and socialization campaign around care work in Mexico.

NATIONAL COMMITMENTS

Establish the foundation of a national system of care.

Promote a regulatory framework that guarantees the right to care and receive care as a human right.

Launch a transformative awareness and socialization campaign around care work in Mexico.

Action Areas

Action Areas will be co-led by members of the Alliance depending on their experience and interests.

Exchange of experiences and communities of practice

Knowledge promotion and data generation

Advocacy, multilateralism and international cooperation

Communication

Outreach, promotion and sustainability of the Alliance

CALL TO ACTION

The Global Alliance for Care invites governments, the private sector, academia, civil society organizations, international organizations, and UN agencies to be part of this global movement.

What does it mean to join as an ally?

The members of the GlobalAlliance for Care assume and promote commitments, concrete actions, funding, and collaboration around the care economy.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:

  • Access to exclusive information, analysis, research, data, evidence, and best practices in the matter.
  • Be part of a select and specialized community of practice that fosters exchange of knowledge and experiences, networking and the identication of good practices.
  • Be a partner in global communication campaigns focused on social norms and transformative change.
  • Participate in a multistakeholder co-creation space that promotes the exchange of experiences and good practices to advance the global agenda for care.

CONVENERS

The Global Alliance for Care is an initiative launched by the National Institute of Women in Mexico (INMUJERES) and UN-Women in the context of the 2021 Generation Equality Forum.

CONVENERS

The Global Alliance for Care is an initiative launched by the National Institute of Women in Mexico (INMUJERES) and UN-Women in the context of the 2021 Generation Equality Forum.

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Andy Richter, Ariel Silva