caring city of BOGOTA

BOGOTa, PIONEER CITY IN ESTABLISHING A CARE SYSTEM IN LATIN AMERICA

In Bogota, women disproportionately bear the responsabilities of caring for family members. The city has created Care Blocks and Care Buses that concentrate infrastructure and services to support both women caregivers and family members in urban and rural areas.

The Home Assistance Program (Asistencia en Casa) complements Bogota’s district care system by reducing the time caregivers spend in taking care of their loved ones, usually adults with disabilities. The initiative allows women some hours of freedom daily to pursue education, exercise, social support, or simply enjoy their free time. At the same time, it promotes independence and well-being for those in need of care in the family.

CARING FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST

Bogota, Colombia, has become one of the main Latin America cities to establish a municipal care system for caregivers, an important step towards gender equity and recognizing the importance of care work.

Since 2019, the Bogota Care System, led by the Women Secretariat of the Bogota Mayors Office, wants to contribute to equal opportunities for women by offering institutional support to reduce and redistribute their unpaid care work, while also recognizing its importance.

In 2023, the city started implementing the Home Assistance Program with support from the Global Mayors Challenge and UNDP.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

INNOVATION IN ACTION

The Home Assistance Program offers services directly to the homes of caregivers who cannot leave their houses and leave their dependents alone. Professional help comes to their homes and provides service to people with disabilities, promoting their autonomy.

It contributes to the well-being and life opportunities of those who perform duties of care, by giving them training opportunities, legal assistance and cultural transformation workshops, and certification of skills, while promoting the recognition and redistribution of care work.

PROJECT
Outcomes:

01

AUTONOMY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

People with disabilities receive help directly in their homes so the women that usually take care of them have free time to dedicate to a ray of options offered by the municipality.

02

CAPACITY AND NEW SKILLS

Together with the National Education Service (SENA), women caregivers receive training courses, as well as access to certification of their skills and existing knowledge.

03

LEGAL SUPPORT

Help with administrative and legal procedures to access social services, protection against gender and sexual violence, giving the beneficiaries access to their full rights.

04

CULTURE TRANSFORMATION

Access to the cultural events organize by the city to transform personal self-esteem in the caregivers.

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