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Jakarta Post

Women and development: Who cares about care work?

  • Deviana Wijaya Dewi

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 4 2016   /  08:30 am

Gender equality has been among the most mentioned development priorities for the past decade. Indeed, moving on from the third Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the fifth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), the global agenda aims at achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

Gender equality is not just a goal on its own, as recognized by the UN. It is also a critical means for achieving all other development goals, as these goals necessitate systemic attention to the needs, priorities and contributions of both women and men.

When we talk about women’s empowerment programs and activities, we expect women to actively participate in economic, social and political life.

However, women in general are so occupied by housework — cleaning, cooking and caring for the children and the elderly as well as the sick — that they do not have enough t...