Around the world, governments are relying on the relentless work of women through unpaid over-hours and unsafe working shifts to supply the shortage of caregivers in hospitals and at home. Globally, women make up over 70% percent of healthcare workers, balancing work, and family responsibilities. ‘Unpaid care work’ is a gendered phenomenon that reflects society’s imposed care responsibility on women, the undervalued care services, and the care economy for its association with female work.
This is also happening at hospitals where doctors and nurses are underpaid, work unpaid over-hours, and are more prone to depression and stress-related illnesses than the regular population. COVID-19 has worsened the cracks in the pervasive global care crisis.
Our purpose is the following:
- Raise awareness of the need to improve our healthcare workers´ conditions.
- Value women’s care work and careers in the care economy.
- Visualize the topic in the public policy agenda and COVID-19 responses to enable our carers to provide better health services for everyone.