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Gender & Development 30.1-2

‘Care is not a burden’: a 7-4-7 framework of action for operationalising the Triple R

Published on 31 August 2022

Our research on government policy responses to address the increase in women’s unpaid care and domestic work during COVID-19, across 59 countries of Asia and the Pacific, shows that less than 30 per cent of measures are care-sensitive and of these only 12 per cent are gender-differentiated. From this analysis, this paper proposes a care-integral approach to ensure gender-transformative outcomes. This approach comprises a unique three-tier framework for policy action constituting: (1) seven foundational care normative principles, (2) typology of four care-sensitive policy categories, and (3) seven levers of change to guide implementation. Together this 7-4-7 framework presents comprehensive strategies for policymakers to operationalise the Triple R agenda of ‘Recognise’, ‘Reduce’, and ‘Redistribute’ unpaid work. Further, this paper makes a unique contribution by redirecting attention of the Triple R approach on quantity of care, to make a case for improving the overall quality of care.

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Chopra, D. and Krishnan, M. (2022) '‘‘Care is not a Burden’: a 7-4-7 Framework of Action for Operationalising the Triple R', Gender & Development 30.1-2: 35–57, DOI: 10.1080/13552074.2022.2066265

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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

Meenakshi Krishnan

Research Officer and Postgraduate Researcher

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