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In Latin America and the Caribbean, care has gradually been placed at the centre of public agendas, albeit unevenly, as a result of growing political commitments, as well as the work of women’s movements and feminist economic studies. These contributions have focused on the need to reorganize and redistribute care work as a key factor in more egalitarian and inclusive societies. Over the course of more than four decades, the member States of ECLAC
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Education is essential for women to attain gender equality and become leaders of change. A girl or a woman who attends school is exercising her fundamental human right to education. She also has a great chance of reaching her full potential throughout life, as she will be better prepared for a decent, well-paid job. Although Chile is a country with high schooling rates compared to the regional and worldwide numbers, inequalities can still be observed in access to education for girls and...
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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, shrinking working hours, increased care burdens, and heightened violence have exacerbated the challenges that women and girls face. Unless action is taken, by 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living in extreme poverty, including 47 million pushed into poverty as a result of COVID-19. This publication presents the latest evidence on the multiple impacts of the pandemic on women and girls.
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This document substantiates the importance of care work for societies, defines the care sector’s current condition in Latin America and the Caribbean and describes the impacts caused by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the contingency measures that have been implemented in various countries in the region to address the crisis. The document concludes with a series of policy recommendations to address the care crisis as a way out of the COVID-19 crisis.