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Caring in Crisis: Exploring the Impacts of Climate…

Caring in Crisis: Exploring the Impacts of Climate Change on Care Responsibilities and Poverty (CSW68 Side Event)

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In recent years, the centrality of care work in sustaining lives, societies, and our planet has come to the forefront of debates on gender equality, women's economic autonomy, and poverty elimination. This shift is largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented recognition of women's disproportionate care responsibilities.
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Global stakeholders have endorsed the need to recognize, reduce, and redistribute care work, invest in care policies and systems, and robust social protection systems for paid and unpaid care workers. Such measures have been highlighted as key to promoting women's well-being and enhancing their educational attainment, participation and formalization in the labor force, and access to recreational activities and spare time, thus significantly reducing poverty and securing more inclusive societies. 

However, as the care agenda gains significant momentum worldwide, it becomes urgent to address the diverse needs and interests of women who provide care, including migrant women, women in rural contexts, indigenous women, and women of African descent, amongst others. 

This side event organized by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) is dedicated to a comprehensive exploration of the intricate connections between care work, intersectionality, and the climate crisis, particularly as they disproportionally affect indigenous, afro-descendent, migrant, and rural women. 

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