Care work, both paid and unpaid, contributes to well-being, social development and economic growth. But the costs of providing care are unequally borne across gender and class. Families in all their diverse forms remain the key institution in meeting care needs. The challenge is to forge policies that support them and are grounded in certain key principles: recognize and guarantee the rights of care-givers and care-receivers; distribute the costs more evenly across society; and support professional, decently paid and compassionate forms of care.
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Why Care Matters for Social Development. UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development), Geneva, Switzerland (2010) 6 pp. [UNRISD Research and Policy Brief No. 9]