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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
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.