Global Goals and Unpaid Care

Unpaid care underpins economic and social life across all countries, with women and girls responsible for the bulk of this work. Too often unpaid care and domestic work is under-valued and goes unrecognised in policy, legislation and measures of economic development.

In recent years, the issue of unpaid care has finally made its way onto the international agenda. This growing recognition of the importance of unpaid care is reflected in ‘recognising and valuing unpaid care and domestic work’ being included as a target (Target 5.4) under Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

For Target 5.4 to have real impact, IWDA’s Policy Brief outlines how we must move beyond a situation where societies and economies collectively reap the benefit of unpaid care while the costs are born disproportionately by individual women.

Download the policy brief.