Care work makes all other work possible.
It is also the fastest-growing sector of work in the world—projected to add 150 million jobs by 2030
. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the importance of care work. It has also exposed how women perform most caregiving work, which is unpaid, underpaid, and/or undervalued. Globally, women and girls contribute more than 70 percent of total global caregiving hours (paid and unpaid)
and perform more than 75 percent of unpaid care work
. The inordinate amount of unpaid care work women and girls perform prevents them from earning a paid income
, which contributes to greater gender inequities worldwide.