March 2020 / Antonia Does, Evaluation and Learning Advisor, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Economic inequality is out of control. In 2019, the world's billionaires – only 2,153 people – had more wealth than 4.6 billion people. This great divide is based on a flawed and sexist economic system that values the wealth of the privileged few, mostly men, more than the billions of hours of the most essential work – the unpaid and underpaid care work done primarily by women and girls around the world.
Tending to others, cooking, cleaning and fetching water and firewood are essential daily tasks for the wellbeing of societies, communities and the functioning of the economy. The heavy and unequal responsibility of care work perpetuates gender and economic inequalities.
Take a look atthis report to learn about suggested first steps that governments around the world should take to act.