#6 Korea’s Care Crisis and the Challenges on its Society (11/10/2021)

#6 Korea’s Care Crisis and the Challenges on its Society (11/10/2021)

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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.

This week we bring you the voices of Korea. For this issue, we give the spotlight to activists from different paths of life, who share with us their thoughts on Korea's care crisis. They offer diverse views on the issue from the perspective of civil society, including:
  • The socialization of care
  • Care crisis and media coverage
  • Care deficit for migrants
Int'l Care Economy Conf 2021 | Voices of The Field - Roundtable
What is the care crisis? Who is affected by the care crisis? Did it already exist or is it a new phenomenon created by COVID-19?

Follow this diverse and active roundtable discussion moderated by Dr. Hyuna Moon. When discussing the care crisis in Korea, Ms. Kyung Mi Yi points out that this crisis is not new, and instead, it’s an accumulative crisis. Through her critical analysis of Korea’s care support policies against COVID-19 and the government’s allocation for welfare budget, she calls for better budget allocation in care and more care-oriented policies. Mr. Gi-Hyun Jo makes the case for the change in the structure of family and society, and dives into how gender roles are damaging when referring to care supply and demand.
Ms. Seulah Jung shares her team’s project on exploring how the media covers the care crisis. She reflects on the lack of mainstream coverage on the issue despite the pressing need for more tangible information. To this, senior researcher Hye-Jin Byeon adds that a lot of the lack of knowledge comes from care not being institutionalized, therefore creating a vacuum in care policies.
Finally, Director Young Sug Heo, makes a case for migrants’ benefits and the lack of fundamental care rights. As care providers themselves or as part of Korean working society, why is it that migrants still don’t have access to national funds during such crisis?

Stay tuned for this answer and much more.
COVID-19 has reminded us of the importance of care. The world has come to realize that ordinary daily care for children, the elderly and the sick is at the root of our lives. However, in the face of the question of ‘who cares?’, the reality of care clearly reveals gender inequality. In this briefing, experts reach a consensus: it is impossible to build a sustainable care economy without promoting gender equality.
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