Siyanda Update: Gender and Care - Issue No. 73, February 2009

Siyanda Update: Gender and Care - Issue No. 73, February 2009

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Feb 2009


In This Issue:

I. Special Feature: New BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack: ‘Gender and Care’
II. Quick Guide: Gender and Care
III. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts with interests in Gender and Care issues
V. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

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I. Special Feature: New BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack: ‘Gender and Care’

Providing care can be both a source of fulfilment and a terrible burden. For women and girls in particular, their socially prescribed role as carers can undermine their rights and limit their opportunities, capabilities and choices - posing a fundamental obstacle to gender equality and well-being. How can we move towards a world in which individuals and society recognise and value the importance of different forms of care, but without reinforcing care work as something that only women can or should do?

This Cutting Edge Pack hopes to inspire thinking on this fundamental question – with an Overview Report outlining why care is important and exploring which approaches offer the best prospects for change, a Supporting Resources Collection providing summaries of key texts, tools, case studies and contacts of organisations in this field, and a Gender and Development In Brief newsletter with three short articles on the theme. See:

In March BRIDGE will launch this Cutting Edge Pack at the 53rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. This year the CSW theme is: “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS”.

We hope you can join us at our session ‘Care work: a Woman’s Domain?’ on 2nd March (12-2pm, Grum Room, Church Center) or on 6th March (4.30-6pm, room tbc, United Nations building).

II. Quick Guide: Gender and Care
The following resources are a selection from over 50 resources added to the Siyanda database on Gender and Care:

- Working with Young Women: Empowerment, Rights and Health, Instituto Promundo, Salud y Género, ECOS, Instituto PAPAI and World Education, January 2009
How do rigid ideas of what it means to be a woman or man affect women's life choices? This manual includes a series of group educational activities designed to help educators engage young women in reflecting on this question.

- Comparative Perspective of Work Life Balance in France, Spain, UK and Belgium (in English, French and Spanish), Co-responsibility, January 2009
This inventory provides an overview of local and regional policies relating to fatherhood and work-life balance in Europe, based on four national-level inventories carried out in Spain, France, the UK and Belgium.

- Men and Care in the Context of HIV and AIDS: Structure, Political Will and Greater Male Involvement, UN Division for the Advancement of Women (Womenwatch), October 2008
What drives the enormous burden of AIDS-related care which falls on women and girls? What strategies are needed to reduce this burden?

- Marriage, Motherhood and Masculinity in the Global Economy: Reconfiguration of Personal and Economic Life, IDS, November 2007
Why is there such remarkable resistance to changes in the domestic division of unpaid work within the household, especially in the face of a 'feminisation' of the global labour force?

- Manual for Gender Mainstreaming of Employment Policies, European Commission, Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities DG, June 2007
This manual outlines a step-by-step approach to gender mainstreaming in employment, and applies this to different kinds of employment policies.

- Change and Continuity in Social Protection in Latin America: Mothers at the Service of the State?, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), May 2007
Far from empowering women, poverty reduction and social protection programmes often increase women's unpaid responsibilities and reinforce the gender division of labour. This is the central argument of this paper, which draws on two case studies of poverty reduction programmes in Latin America - Oportunidades in Mexico and Comedores Populares in Peru.

- Promoting the Rights of Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Arab States: The Case of Lebanon, International Labour Organization Regional Office for Arab States, January 2008
Based on work in Lebanon, this Issue Brief discusses the increasing employment of women migrant domestic workers in the absence of adequate social care services, and examines their lack of legal protection and resulting vulnerabilities.

You can find other key resources related to gender and care in Siyanda at:

The next Siyanda Update theme, in March 2009, will focus on Gender and Governance. Users are invited to suggest resources on this topic for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide themes:

III. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and care.
The Experts' and Consultants' Database contains names, contact details and areas of expertise of people working on gender specific issues worldwide, and includes some of their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have addressed care issues in their work:

- Women; Gender and the Informal Economy: An Assessment of ILO Research, Chant, S., with Pedwell, C., 2008
- The Social Portrait of the Modern Ukrainian Businesswoman: Sociological Perspective, Havlin, T., 2007
- An Evaluation of Pastoral Care Services for Older Adults, Modie-Moroka, T., et al, 2005
- Reconceptualizing the Care Continuum for HIV/AIDS: Bringing Carers into Focus, Esim, S. et al, 2004
- Who Benefits: Women, Unpaid Work and Social Policy, Hanson, C., 2001
- Les mécanismes de l´exclusion des domestiques au Maroc et leurs réponses (Mechanisms of Exclusion of Domestic Workers in Morocco and their Coping Strategies), Schneider, K., 1997

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,400 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focussed consultancies.

- Search the database:

V. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Adrian Bannister)

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