Policy outputs

From Double Burden of Women to a “Double Boon”: Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work

Women in paid work from low income families are engaged in poorly paid, precarious employment, even as they are overburdened with unpaid care work responsibilities. For women in these contexts to move from a double burden to a “double boon”, women’s economic empowerment programmes have to both improve the options and conditions of women’s paid work and recognise, reduce and redistribute their unpaid care work burdens.

A Trapeze Act: Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work by Women in Nepal

Women in paid work from low income families are engaged in poorly paid, precarious employment, even as they are overburdened with unpaid care work responsibilities. This double burden has depleting consequences for both their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as those of their children. Women’s economic empowerment programmes have to both improve the options and conditions of women’s paid work and recognise, reduce and redistribute their unpaid care work burdens for these women to move from a double burden to a “double boon”.

Women’s Economic Engagement and Childcare: Moving from Survival to a ‘Triple Boon’

This policy brief provides recommendations to reverse the downward spiral of a ‘triple burden’ to achieve a ‘triple boon’, such that women are able to engage economically in decent paid work; undertake less drudgerous unpaid work tasks with control over any economic returns; and receive support for redistributing their childcare and domestic chores.
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