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Redistributing care

The Policy Challenge

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This publication offers a representative sample of the thinking developed over recent years in relation to time use, time-use measurement and related policies in Latin America. The issue of care and its importance and meaning have become part of the gender agenda in the region, especially since the tenth session of the Region Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Quito in 2007.

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Redistributing care: Towards a public policy nexus

As a result of national and international political efforts, the influence of the women's movement and the social and cultural changes of the second half of the twentieth century, substantial progress has been made towards gender equality in Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, 2010b). However, there are still some critical issues that are delaying progress towards equality, since social and economic change itself has been crystallizing new forms and manifestations of inequality. Among the main barriers that persist is the rigidity of the sexual distribution of labour whereby women are responsible for personal care in the home, while sexual equality in paid work and other public spheres remains limited.

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