What is care?

What is care? What are the actors in global care chain? How this issue is talk about in EU? – These were some topics on Friday afternoon discussions at the WORKSHOP “Global Care Chain”.

The care chains are those unorganized and unrecognized systems where somebody is trapped, unable to renounce at something without breaking the chain.

A meaning of economic global chain is said to be the export of care, and, in the same time, the import of care services. Women migrate leaving their own families for better paid care jobs, while other women from poorer countries will take their place for a less paid job. Export informal work by taking care of elderly in the family, or of the children, leads somewhere to a lack of care, usually in the less protected families. This deepens the poverty. In this chain, men are unable to fill the gap and provide either the financial support, due to the economic reasons, or to supply the care needs in the family due to the educational gender role.

It was emphasized the fact that import of care workers affects also the family structure by introducing the national culture of the care giver in the hosting family.

Inside daily life, in modern states, the labor market is pressuring women (and men) to do overtime work regardless to domestic work in terms of “time”, not only the money.

Without the re-evaluation of “care”, or simply considering as a fundamental value of human life, the migration of care workers will entertain a poor quality of life for people.

As possible conclusions, it was underlined that a care worker can be subject to abuse world wide without recognition and legal frames. Following the same argument, the insufficient financing of state social services or the ignorance of international civil society organizations will draw further inequalities.

Ioana Vrabiescu, participant in the Workshop “Global Care Chain” in the first day of the conference.

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