Episode 6 Gender and development Part 2 – Unpaid care and domestic work

By Haroon Akram-Lodhi

Gender relations shape our everyday lives in ways that we do and do not always see. They have a profound effect on our capacity to live the lives to which we aspire, and so we need to better understand them and the consequences that they foster.

The vast majority of the world’s women spend a significant part of their working doing work around the home for their families. Why is this work not recognized by state policy?