Oxfam Canada is an affiliate of the international Oxfam Confederation networked in more than 90
countries as part of a global movement for change. Our mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls.
We work directly with communities, partners and women’s rights organizations to challenge the systems that perpetuate inequality and keep people poor. We challenge the policies, systems and institutions that trap people in poverty. In our advocacy and campaigning, we inspire the Canadian public to pressure the Canadian government, companies, and others to change policies and practices that harm women. We gather evidence and share our learning and research with other aid agencies, governments, local organizations and the public to show what works and what needs to change. Our work challenges traditional ideas of gender roles which contribute to economic inequality. We urge policy makers to recognize and redistribute unpaid care work, in Canada and globally.
The Care Policy Scorecard (hereafter, the ‘Scorecard’) was launched by Oxfam in September 2021. The
Scorecard provides care advocates with a practical tool to measure and track government progress and
commitments on policies that have a direct impact on care (unpaid and paid) and provides policy makers
with evidence and information to make informed decisions on these policies.
The Scorecard draws on the work of feminist and development economists and the ILO’s 5R Framework to outline the key components of a care-enabling public policy environment: one that is able to recognize, reduce, redistribute and represent unpaid care work and adequately reward paid care work.
This is accompanied by a set of policy indicators and questions to assess progress systematically and holistically across relevant public policy areas for unpaid and paid care work. Adapted to be used at multiple levels of government, the Scorecard allows researchers to carry out an assessment of the care public policy environment in any country to understand where there is positive progress, and where there are gaps and room for improvement. The Scorecard is intended to be used by civil society, government and academia alike.
Whether you are a policy maker, work for an NGO or are a researcher, the Scorecard allows you to carry out an assessment of the care public policy environment in your country to understand where there is positive progress and where there are gaps and room for improvement. The indicators and assessment questions have been designed to have relevance across different socio-economic contexts and be used around the world to measure governments’ progress towards an enabling policy environment on care, in line with commitments on SDG 5.4 and other international human rights obligations.
Canada’s care economy has been pushed to its limit during the pandemic, after decades of
underspending that had left care sectors (such as healthcare, child care, elder care, domestic work and
others) in a state of disorder, caregivers overwhelmed and more people in need of care.
Repeated lockdowns had a profound impact on the heavy unpaid household care responsibilities that
disproportionately fall on women — not only in Canada, but around the world. At the same time, the care policy landscape in Canada is rapidly changing. New investments in early learning and child care are a progressive step forward by the Federal Government, but need to be measured, assessed and monitored as the policy rolls out.
The pandemic has also exacerbated the continued gaps in the quality, accessibility, and investments in care systems and infastructure in many areas, including: long-term care, domestic work and migrant workers’ rights, care for people with disabilities, service-based work, care infrastructure, and elder care. To build new care policies and improve and strengthen existing systems – there is a need for data to be collected across areas using an intersectional feminist research lens.
View and download the full request for proposals below:
Send your CV, a 1-page expression of interest detailing relevant research experience, and proposed budget (threshold $8,000) to Amar Nijhawan ([email protected]) by June 17, 2022.
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