E-Discussion on Global Care Chains Examines Care Work, Migration, Gender and Development 






From 7 – 18 September 2009 UN-INSTRAW will be hosting the virtual discussion “Global Care Chains: Assessing the Situation and Policy Challenges.”


Global care chains in the world result from two crises: the care crisis in migration destination countries, where an increasing demand for care labour exceeds the supply; and the crisis of social reproduction in countries of origin, which causes households to be unable to secure social reproduction and to seek new survival strategies. In response to these crises, more and more women are migrating autonomously.

A discussion on the formation of global care chains provides an excellent position from which to examine the relationship between care work, migration, gender and development. The virtual discussion will consider how care work and migration intersect, the new transnational dimensions of the sexual division of labour, as well as policy challenges.   

The discussion will begin by looking at how the care system currently in place is invisible. Today there is little public debate on how to organize care and it forms no part of public policy. The participants will also consider why care is usually seen as the responsibility of women in the household and not a responsibility of society. The ability to give and receive appropriate care is a determining factor of inequality and social exclusion; the line between decent and poor quality care distinguishes privileged from underprivileged social groups.

The discussion will be based on two of UN-INSTRAW’s working papers from the series “Global Perspectives on the Social Organization of Care in the Care Crisis.”


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UN-INSTRAW Research - Global Care Chains (since 2008)

The work of the applied research results in a deeper understanding of the conceptual framework of the area, and since 2008 this includes a new strategic focus of analysis which examines the structural causes of gender inequalities within the context of global care chains. Past work on remittances has opened new conceptual and physical spaces that has influenced the current project on global care chains and has also established a new UN-INSTRAW office in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, España where four case studies are being coordinated about the role of female migration from Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia (countries of origin) and the social reorganization of care in Spain (destination country) and from Peru and Chile.

Finally in this same effort to work on the structural causes of gender inequalities in the issue of migration and therefore development, the latest version of the conceptual framework identifies another strategic issue: that of migration policies from a rights approach. On the other hand, we need to create bridges between different areas of UN-INSTRAW. So far a first reflective document was produced with the Political Participation unit. The document investigates the link between economic and political fields, with a goal to identify synergies and changes required for us to discuss development. It guarantees access to and an exercise of equal rights between men and women. This aspect of the work is still in its initial phase.






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