#0 Care Economy in Korea: Beyond Covid-19 and Towards a Sustainable Caring Society (07/20/2021)

#0 Care Economy in Korea: Beyond Covid-19 and Towards a Sustainable Caring Society (07/20/2021)

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Dear subscribers,

We are excited to share with you the July 2021 CTMS Newsletter, featuring the main outcomes and takeaway from our recent international conference on “The Care Economy in Korea: Beyond COVID-19 and Towards a Sustainable Caring Society”. 
  • Included in this special issue: the conference proceedings, a highlight video, relevant publications, and news articles.
  • Forthcoming in August: The full-length, subtitled videos of each of the speeches, presentations, and discussions are currently in the making and will be made available in weekly updates starting from August. Please look forward to these videos--they will be worth the wait.
The meaningful convention in June took the discussion on care policies a step further. We would like to convey our deepest gratitude once again to everyone for your enthusiasm, support, and patience that have made the event possible, and we welcome you on this incredible journey of reimagining the future centered on care.
The coronavirus pandemic has reaffirmed the importance of care as a universal and fundamental aspect of all human life: prioritizing and investing in care is not an option but a must to build a resilient future. The 2021 International Care Policy Conference was organized to bring together 45 distinguished speakers and experts from academia, civil society, the government, and the press to discuss why care work and the care economy must be placed at the core of the post-pandemic recovery plan, analyzing South Korea as a case study.

The conference gathered the interest of more than 600 pre-conference registrants, with more than 100 people participating live on each of the 3 days. The main outcome of the conference was a “joint call for action” for governments, civil society, and the private sector to work together for a better and more inclusive future. Check out the conference proceedings to find the materials presented by our speakers and participants.


2021 International Care Policy Conference Highlights

Seoul, South Korea
June 2-4, 2021
Around the world, vulnerable groups are at greater risks of not being provided decent care. In Korea, the care burden for families has amplified, especially for women, increasing the time spent on unpaid care work and domestic labor to record-breaking numbers. The report, Rethinking the Economy After COVID-19: The Role of Care Economy, highlights the main lessons from the 2021 International Care Conference. Read here to join world-renown scholars, experts, and policymakers on the discussion of policy issues related to the provisioning of care work and the demand for innovative policy solutions. 


We are in an unprecedented moment of global challenge. The market economy, focused on producing, purchasing and selling goods or services, has slowed, while the unpaid care economy is operating in hyperdrive. Following the report on the 2021 International Care Conference, this brief dives into why measuring growth based on GDP is no longer sufficient, and how the care economy might be the best bet for economic growth in the post-pandemic recovery stage. 

As the Korean government expands its care policies to cope with the high demand for health and care services exacerbated by COVID-19, this briefing sets out to build on the momentum created by the pandemic to challenge the idea of women carrying most of the weight for care provisioning, and to resolve the existing inequalities through decent quality care work opportunities.
We know that COVID-19 has increased the burden of childcare for families. But are mothers and fathers equally affected? And if so, by how much? This brief presents the findings from a 2020 national survey of South Korean adults that focused on how the social distancing measure has affected the work-family balance and wellbeing of parents. Key findings include: 1) There is an unequal distribution of childcare time and intensity between mothers and fathers; 2) Mothers are more likely to experience difficulties managing work-childcare responsibilities while working from home; and 3) Mothers are more likely to quit or to have considered quitting their jobs than did fathers. 
So do men then have nothing to do with care work? This brief discusses the social and workplace constraints in South Korea that discourage men from spending more time with their families and being more actively involved in care work.
20% of working moms resigned after COVID-19... Half of them said, "There is no one else to look after my children"
Read more about why it is critical to invest in childcare to achieve economic growth and sustainable development in Korea. (Language: Korean)
May 31, 2021 | JoongAng Daily
1 year after COVID-19, 'childcare-life balance' has collapsed
Learn about the economic, mental and emotional toll on Korean parents due to their increased time spent on childcare. (Language: Korean)
May 10, 2021 | Donga Daily
Editorial | Column: [Eyes of Kyunghyang] I am uncomfortable with filial piety
Can we talk about the uncomfortable social pressure of filial piety towards aging parents? The writer calls upon the need for improved care provisioning for the elderly. (Language: Korean)
May 27, 2021 | Kyunghyang Daily
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