#10 The journey back from COVID-19: Where Will Care Economy Take Us? (12/10/2021)

#10 The journey back from COVID-19: Where Will Care Economy Take Us? (12/10/2021)

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CTMS Weekly brings to you the insights and lessons shared during the 2021 Int'l Care Economy Conference to reflect on the role of care economy as we face the upcoming challenges in building back better and achieving a more equal society post pandemic.

The pandemic has caused many of us to miss out on seeing colleagues and collaborators from across the country and around the globe at in-person activities. However, the 2021 International Care Economy Conference successfully brought together over 600 participants from all over the world, in an onsite and virtual event, providing a platform to share ideas, inspire people, build networks and lay the foundations for better growth.


While we reflect on the lessons we have learned so far, we invite you to listen to this week’s keynote speech by Prof. Emiko Ochiai and her provoking thoughts on reshifting care social policies and transforming care systems throughout Asia.

As this conference comes to a conclusion, listen to three leading experts and their closing messages, where they share major takeaways from the presentations and discussions presented at this event. 

 
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Prof. Emiko Ochiai talks about the transformation of care systems in Asia and tackles the case of Japan's care system and impacts on gender equality during COVID-19. Her research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a “refamilization of care” due to a combination of a retreat by social care (school and kindergarten closures, reductions in care services, etc.) and an increase in housework (more eating at home, cleaning, recuperating at home, etc.) She continues to explain that in the case of  Japan, refamiliarization of care has become a hindrance in female employment and has even led to social problems such as higher rates of suicide.

She advocates for the inclusion of gender perspective when rethinking social policies to effectively address the issues of female labor force participation, low fertility and refamilialization of care in Japan and Asia.

 
Listen to her full presentation in this video.
 

Bringing this conference to an end, Dr. Ruth Levine shares her insights on how care economy projects first start and where we are headed toward. Professors Ito Peng and Ki-Soo Eun recap the journey and significant progress made by the international network of dedicated experts, and share their excitement about the upcoming opportunities in the field of care economy.

Closing Remarks by:
  • Ruth Levine, CEO and Partner at IDinsight and former Program Director of Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Foundation
  • Ito Peng, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Director of Centre for Global Social Policy, University of Toronto
  • Ki-Soo Eun, Professor and Director of CTMS, GSIS, Seoul National University
"As I have looked at the work of this group, and particularly how it is meeting the moment of renewed or new policy interest in the question of how care interacts with economic opportunity and growth, this is really a remarkably impressive project, both in terms of the scholarship and the potential for policy impact, and I'm just so inspired by what you are doing."
- Ruth Levine
"The COVID pandemic has opened a rare window of opportunity for us to correct and improve on our existing policies and systems. But this window is not large, nor would they stay open for very long. So, we must not miss this important moment. We must work together to reform our policies and systems, and to build back a better future."
- Ito Peng
"I believe the contribution of this conference extends far beyond the introduction of this new concept, care economy, to the Korean society (…) Care economy should be pursued in a real field of care provision and through subsequent scientific research, and practiced by designing, planning, and implementing macroeconomic financial policies by the government right now."
- Ki-Soo Eun
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