WE-Care (Women's Economic Empowerment & Care)


NEW: Download a quick reference overview brochure here


Innovations in Care is an initiative to make care work more visible and address it as a factor influencing gender equality. Our goal is to join with others to build solutions to the centuries-old challenge of providing effective care for people whilst also ensuring women's human rights.


Care is a crucial dimension of well-being. People need care throughout their lives in order to survive and thrive. Care has long been considered to be the natural responsibility of women.  As a result, the costs of providing care fall disproportionately on women. Women's unpaid care work has recently been recognised as a major human rights issue. Women, especially those living in poverty, face heavy and unequal care responsibilities which impede efforts to promote gender equality and women's equal enjoyment of human rights. 


Oxfam's approach Back to top

As a precondition for achieving women's political, social and economic empowerment, and for overcoming poverty, Oxfam aims to bring about the following changes in care work:


  • Increase the recognition of care
  • Reduce the drudgery of care work
  • Redistribute responsibility for care more equitably between women and men and between households and the state/employers.


The initiative will facilitate improving the design and impact of selected programme interventions to address care work. Working with others, Oxfam will use programme evidence and experience to influence governments, donors, companies  and Oxfam staff and partners in order to recognise and address care as a development issue.



Rapid Care Analysis Back to top

Oxfam has developed a Rapid Care Analysis to assess context-specific patterns of unpaid household work and care of people.


Designed to easily integrate into existing tools on livelihoods, food, security or vulnerability, it makes visible how care responsibility impacts women's time, health or mobility, and identifies practical interventions to help ensure that women can participate fully in and benefit equally from development programmes. 

Rapid Care Analysis local reports Back to top

Household Care Survey Back to top


Oxfam Resources Back to top

  • Rapid Care Analysis Powerpoint. Methodology and initial findings in English and Spanish

Infographics  Back to top

We have developed a series of infographics to convey four key messages about care work.


Webinars  Back to top

We organize regular webinar session for training and learning. Some of these are:

  • Webinar training on RCA, 14 Oct 2014. View the now recording. It starts from 0:37. There were some technical glitches at the beginning.
  • Webinar training on HCS, 03 Nov 2014. View the recording.
  • Webinar training on HCS data analysis, 11 Dec 2014. View the recording
  • Webinar Designing Intervention, 02 Feb 2015. View the recording 
  • Webinar what have we learned so far, 13-14 Apr 2015. View the recording 

Read Blogs on Care Related Topics:  Back to top


Global Advocacy Resources  Back to top

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Quick links

GEM (Gendered Enterprise & Markets) is OGB's holistic market-systems approach to sustainable livelihoods development that consolidates our expertise in gender, market access and the environment. Read more.

WE-Care (Women's Economic Empowerment & Care) is an initiative to make care work more visible, and address it as a factor influencing gender equality. Access the tools here.

WEMAN (Women's Empowerment Mainstreaming & Networking) is Novib's community-led approach to empowering women and men to create change in their business and household relations.

EDP (Enterprise Development Programme) seeks to promote a more business-like approach to international development. It is, in effect, a social venture capital fund that identifies, nurtures and invests in small and growing businesses. See our work here.

ARR (Adaptation & Risk Reduction). In our work, we seek to reduce the vulnerability of small holders to disasters, and the longer-term impacts of climate change. See the tools we use to do it: PCVA, VRA.



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