Resources on Care Economy

  1. Decent Work for Domestic Workers/ C189

    Cooperating Out of Isolation: The Case of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait

    Representatives from governments, worker’s organisations, informal domestic worker networks, and national and international experts on workers’ self-organisation gather in Amman to discuss and explore potential organizing services for domestic workers including cooperatives in Arab States.

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    ILO study

    Maternity protection: Good for workers, good for small businesses

    20 October 2014

    Maternity protection and work-family measures can generate positive outcomes for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), says ILO Specialist Laura Addati.

  3. Publication

    Maternity Protection in SMEs: An international review

    20 October 2014

    This report reviews the key international literature on the outcomes of maternity protection in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It also addresses the questions of how, to what extent and under what conditions maternity protection in SMEs can generate positive outcomes for enterprises as well as broader society, considering implications for policy and practice.

  4. Cooperatives and the World of Work Series No. 2

    Cooperating out of isolation: Domestic workers’ cooperatives

    15 September 2014

    This note on ways cooperatives provide a way out of precarious and informal working arrangements for domestic workers, is the third in the series on Cooperatives and the World of Work.

  5. Publication

    Maternity Protection Resource Package

    22 November 2012

    The Maternity Protection Resource Package provides guidance and tools to strengthen and extend maternity protection to all women in all types of economic activity.

  6. Publication

    Workplace solutions for childcare

    05 February 2010

    Workplace partnerships are effective for working parents considering childcare solutions. The focus of this book is on why workplace partners around the world have become involved in childcare and about the nature of programmes that have been implemented. Partnership is a key theme, and the authors highlight the fruitfulness of collaborations that combine the resources and capabilities of different actors. Ten countries, industrialized and developing, are examined through a national overview on policies and facilities for childcare and the implications for working parents, followed by case studies of specific workplaces.

  7. Publication

    Working Paper No. 86 - The unpaid care work - paid work connection

    01 May 2009

  8. Publication

    Expanding women's employment opportunities: Informal economy workers and the need for childcare

    01 November 2007

    Childcare plays an essential role in supporting the employment of workers, and particularly women who continue to carry the primary responsibility for childcare in most societies. The lack of childcare support undermines women’s employment and steers women into the poorly paid, poorly protected informal economy. To address the gender dimension of informality, policy responses, programmes and projects need to recognize that providing childcare is a basic necessity for expanding women’s employment opportunities and enabling them to shift from informal economy activity to formal economic activity. The paper explores good practices on supporting the child care needs of informal workers through a series of well documented examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  9. Publication

    Decent working time: Balancing workers' needs with business requirements

    07 October 2007

  10. News

    Media advisory: ILO lends support to African network of mutual health organizations

    17 November 2004

    In an effort to help boost the development of mutual health organizations in Africa, the ILO and a wide range of partners are lending support to the third forum of the "Coordination Network" of Mutual Health Organizations to be held in Bamako, Mali, from 17-19 November 2004. The forum will focus on the development of mutual health organizations (MHOs), engaged in improving quality of and access to health care.