In Bogota, the care for family members burden falls disproportionaly on women. The city has created a system of “care blocks” designed to support those who care for others, by sending help to those women households and giving some hours of freedom at day where the beneficiaries can complete their education, exercise, get social assistance or simply enjoy their free time!
The Home Assistance Program complements the Bogota district care system by reducing the time carers spend in taking care of their loved ones, allowing carers to enjoy their free time and improve their quality of life. At the same time, it promotes independence and well-being of the adults with disabilities, that are often the ones most in need of care and time.
Bogotá, Colombia, has become one of the main Latin America cities to establish a municipal system to care for the carers, an important step towards gender equity and recognizing the importance of care work.
The Bogota Care System, led by the Women Secretariat of the Bogota Mayors Office, wants to contribute to equal opportunities for women by offering them institutional support to reduce and redistribute the unpaid care work that women do, while also recognizing its importance.
Bogota gives priority to the needs of women carers, who care for those who need it the most. Since 2019, under the administration of Mayor Claudia Lopez, the city put into place 20 “care blocks”, served by mobile “care buses”. In 2023, the city started its “Home assistance program” funded by the Global Mayors Challenge and implemented with the support of UNDP.
The key SDGs addressed by the project are Goal 2 Zero Hunger, Goal 5 Gender Inequality, Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy Goal 13 Climate Action Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals.
As local actions, by 2025, project will increase the income of small-scale farmers by 60% through increasing market linkages and reducing wastage and will train and employ about 25 women to operate the cold room.
The Home Assistance Program offer services directly to the homes of carers 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 certification of skills while promoting the recognition and redistribution of care work
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.
Together with the National Education Service SENA, the women carers receive training courses, as well as access to certification of their skills and existing knowledge.
Help with administrative and legal procedures to access social services, protection against gender and sexual violence, giving the beneficiaries access to their full rights.
Access to the cultural events organize by the city to transform personal self-esteem in the carers.