Who cares? A project about women’s unpaid care work.

Unpaid care work are all the activities related to housework and caregiving. Without these activities, the outside world couldn’t start. They are essential for humanity, and therefore are a responsibility of all humans. However, 76% of these activities are done by women. Without unpaid care work’s proper redistribution between men and women, there will never be social justice or equality.

The problem I challenge is that unpaid care work is taken for granted as a woman’s role — easy, unskilled and a product of emotional abstraction. My reaction to it was to create a space to name it, describe it, enhance its complexity and show its strenght using data.

UNPAID CARE WORK IS GIGANTIC

Using concrete-like material, I reframe the emotional perception of unpaid care and show it as hard and heavy work. With this metaphor my message is: unpaid care work is as structural for our world as concrete. Yarn represents the skills that are needed to do it and the relations that can be built from it.

WOMEN ARE THE MAIN CAREGIVERS

THE LITTLE JOBS: A LONG LIST OF SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

THE WEIGHT OF THE GENDER GAP IS SINKING WOMEN PROFESSIONALLY

IT TAKES AS MUCH TIME AS A FULL TIME JOB

IT’S ECONOMIC VALUE IS TOO BIG NOT TO BE RECOGNIZED

RECOGNIZE WOMEN NOT ONLY AS LABOR FORCE BUT AS MOTHERS, WIVES, DAUGHTERS

WHEN WOMEN CONSOLIDATE THEIR POSITION IN SOCIETY OUTSIDE THE HOUSEHOLD, WHO WILL CARE?

If you want to know more about the topic, check out all the resources I’ve collected during my investigation.