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Europe needs to care more about care

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has published a report analysing the position of women in social care services, both as providers and users. Most social service professionals in Europe are women, who are often required to perform under very demanding conditions, such as heavy workloads, night shifts and low incomes; improving such measures is likely to attract more potential employees, including more men.

Plus, women of all ages (including young girls) are also more often in charge of unpaid care at home for older family members. The high cost of long-term care services makes it impossible for persons with disadvantaged backgrounds to access them, and affects 52% of households who would need this kind of care. Once again, women are more heavily impacted by this than men: 52% of women over 65 experiences limitations in their daily life and therefore require long-term assistance, against 45% of men.

These issues are endangering the European Pillar of Social Rights, which fosters everyone's right to long-term and quality care, even better if provided at home.

Click here to read the full report.