From global care crisis to quality care at home: The case for including domestic workers in care policies and ensuring their rights at work

The International Labour Organization  (ILO) has issued a new policy brief urging governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations to ensure domestic workers have access to labour rights and social protection. The publication From global care crisis to quality at home: The case for including domestic workers in care policies and ensuring their rights at work , comes at a time of growing global demand for paid care, with an increasing number of countries facing a care crisis  due to large unmet care needs and ageing populations. The ILO estimates that women account for three quarters of the 75.6 million domestic workers globally. Given the disproportionate presence of women, the rights of domestic workers are key to the achievement of gender equality. In the face of significant labour shortages, countries are looking to improve female labour market participation, which is often dependent on the existence of sufficient quality care services. This requires, among other factors, that care jobs, including domestic work, are of a sufficient quality to attract jobseekers.