The webinar will count with interpretation into English, French and Spanish.

The well-being of individuals and societies, especially children, persons with disabilities, and older adults, depends on caregivers and the care services provided.

Traditionally, care burdens have disproportionately fallen on women as a consequence of persisting gender inequalities and stereotypes in society. Globally, women spend between 2 and 10 times more time than men on unpaid care tasks (OECD, 2022); in Latin America, for example, women assume 70% of the total burden of these tasks. More than 2 million people work 8 hours a day in caregiving roles without any remuneration.

When care is recognized, redistributed, and remunerated, it brings significant benefits: it increases employment, improves women’s participation in the labour market, boosts family incomes, generates returns by expanding consumption and savings capacity, increases tax revenue, and enhances social security systems.

In this context, many local governments have begun to implement Local Care Systems, prioritizing not only the population receiving such care but also those providing it, especially women. Thus, we are witnessing the transformation from mere service provision to “caring cities”.

28 May 2024, at 9 am New York time

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The time has come for local governments to turn “care” into an opportunity, creating systems that place care at the centre, aiming to provide inclusive care and services for those who need them most. These models are becoming a priority for cities seeking to address inequalities and improve people’s lives.

The webinar will count with the experiences of Bogota (Colombia) and Geneva (Switzerland) and will be moderated by Metropolis.

Download the concept note in English, French, and Spanish

The speakers

Claudia Mirta Luna, Project Manager,

Global Mayor’s Challenge, Mayor’s Office of Bogotá, Colombia

Véronique Petoud, Cantonal Delegate for Caregivers, Department of Social Cohesion, Geneva, Switzerland

The moderator

Julia Munroe, Policy Officer, Metropolis