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!

Browse through the EU Care Atlas, a new tool demonstrating how care deficits directly feed into the gender overall earnings gap, perpetuating gender inequalities.

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How to pursue gender equality in the context of right wing, authoritarian regimes?

The cases of Hungary and Serbia
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10th Barbara Prammer Symposium 2024

Democracy without feminism is no democracy

Care as a driver of sustainable growth

Care4Care Policy Series
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Covid-19: exposing the missing link – the migrant health-integration nexus


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

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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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EU Care Atlas 2024

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