In most of the world, it has been taken for granted that women and girls are responsible for care work—looking after young children, cooking for families, tending the sick and, in rural areas, collecting water and firewood. Care work is crucial to our societies and to the economy. Without it, families, communities, workplaces and whole economies would grind to a halt.
Most of the global conversations on women’s empowerment in the agriculture sector have been about how women can contribute to food security and poverty reduction, and how we need to organize them and build their capacity to play this role better and more effectively. This is not enough.