ActionAid - IMF’s recognition of unpaid care work undermined by its own harmful policy advice

Article by ActionAid. 


  • IMF publishes first paper on unpaid care and domestic work
  • Fails to acknowledge how Fund policies exacerbate unpaid care work burdens

In October, the IMF published its first working paper dedicated to unpaid care and domestic work (UCDW). Globally, women perform 76.2 per cent of the total hours of unpaid care work. While recognition of UCDW by the IMF is welcome and can be seen as a response to decades of wider advocacy by feminist activists, the working paper is merely aimed at eliciting debate and does not constitute or officially inform IMF policy.

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