It took us a global pandemic to realise that we depend on care. But despite all the clapping from the balconies, care workers continue to work in precarious and vulnerable conditions. In the EU, carers earn on average 65% of the national average employee income. Who are the ones at the forefront? 70% of health and social carers are WOMEN.

Women suffer from a severe lack of recognition of their paid and unpaid care work. Most care work is not even paid at all. The essential everyday tasks in our homes, performed by an overwhelming majority of women, remain unacknowledged. Our economies, our lives, cannot go on forgetting that paid and unpaid caregivers are the ones that cover our most basic needs. We need to move away from a profit-driven model of growth to a care-driven model.

FEPS, together with its member foundations, has been intensively working since November 2019 to monitor the EU gender equality policy agenda through a progressive lens focusing particularly on its care dimensions.

It’s time for a care revolution! We need to #Care4Care!——————————————————————————————-

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The European Care Strategy

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Towards a care-led recovery for the EU?

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The EU and gender equality

FEPS Primers series - Agnès Hubert

The structure of care work and inequalities among care workers

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Care as a driver of sustainable growth

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Fair working conditions in childcare

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Vienna, Austria (Hybrid)

9th Barbara Prammer Symposium 2023

European perspectives for a gender-just welfare policy
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Who cares? Why we need a Care Deal for Europe


Covid-19: exposing the missing link – the migrant health-integration nexus


Covid-19: donating vaccines is not enough!

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EU Care Atlas: how care deficits impact the gender earnings gap

While the attention is often focused on the gender pay gap (which averages 13% in […]
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A credible future beyond growth has to be feminist

by euobserver 17/05/2023
Euobserver article about the #BeyondGrowth conference mentions FEPS 'Defining Care' Policy Brief

How many inequalities can the world fight at the same time?

by Social Europe 07/07/2022
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“A credible future #BeyondGrowth is a feminist future” Laeticia Thissen

Speech by Laeticia Thissen, FEPS Policy Analyst on Gender Equality, at the #BeyondGrowth conference in […]

Feminist Framework for the Secretary General’s report “Our Common Agenda”

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Primer ‘The EU and gender equality’ by Agnes Hubert

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Care Workers on the Coronavirus Frontline – Sian Stockham, UNISON

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Policy Analyst on Gender Equality
Laeticia Thissen works as a Policy Analyst for Gender Equality at Foundation for European Progressive […]