Integrated Approaches to Social Protection, Care and Employment

The complexity of women’s employment conditions, which is highly intertwined with women’s role as caregivers, begs for an integrated approach to social protection. There is a number of interrelated factors that need to be taken into consideration: Women are more likely to stay out of the labour force; Women are more likely to be unemployed – particularly young women; When women work, they are more likely to be at lower-end jobs, experiencing the twinchallenges of decent work deficit and time poverty; Women’s work in the “gig” economy is highly celebrated despite its vulnerability; The COVID-19 dimension. Social protection measures need to take into account a life cycle approach, with particular focus on women’s specific reproductive roles with particularly progressive support for women unable to work due to care responsibilities.