Care in the time of coronavirus

Why care work needs to be at the centre of a post-COVID-19 feminist future

Publication date: 25 June 2020
Authors: Mara Bolis, Anam Parvez Butt, Emma Holten, Leah Mugehera, Nabil Abdo, Maria Jose Moreno

New research by Oxfam and partners reveals that while COVID-19 and the related containment efforts have caused increases in women’s – and men’s – unpaid care workloads, women are still doing the bulk of this work.

Women living in poverty, single mothers and essential workers as well as those belonging to minority racial and ethnic groups are being pushed furthest to the margins. It shows the real consequences this has for the health, economic security and wellbeing of these women and their families with women reporting feeling more anxious, depressed, overworked or ill because of their increased unpaid care work.

Care work is essential to the healthy functioning of our societies and economies and must be better supported through policy and social norms change. Care work must be at the heart of a feminist COVID-19 recovery.