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Unpaid Care: Global Growth and Policies for Sustainability

Part of the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals book series (ENUNSDG)


Care workers; Caregivers; Caregiving; Carers; Caring; Family carer; Informal care; Unpaid care


The concept of “carer” has been used since the 1980s. Although definitions have varied, a carer is now widely regarded as someone who provides unpaid care or support to a member (a friend or family member) of their own household, of other households or of the community who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem, or an addiction cannot cope without their support (Carers Trust 2015; International Labor Organization 2018).


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of 2015, endorsed by the United Nations, details 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The purpose of these goals is to address global challenges faced by nation states, including inequality. The fifth goal (SDG 5) is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and target 5.4 specifically calls for recognition and valuing of the significant amounts of unpaid care work...

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Oldridge, L., Larkin, M. (2020). Unpaid Care: Global Growth and Policies for Sustainability. In: Leal Filho, W., Azul, A., Brandli, L., Lange Salvia, A., Wall, T. (eds) Gender Equality. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.

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