Spotlight on inequalities in the care sector on International Women's Week

Providing Care
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Stephanie. DStephanie S

International Women's Week is a time to celebrate the achievements of women across the globe and to reflect on the challenges they face - one area where women make a considerable contribution in the UK and beyond is the care industry.

Women make up a significant proportion of the workforce in the care sector - a whopping 83% according to the Homecare Association, with 80% of managerial roles belonging to women too. In the UK, women also do the bulk of unpaid caring - 67 % of unpaid carers are women (stats from the NHS Confederation).

Women have always been the backbone of the care sector, working tirelessly to support vulnerable people and ensuring they receive the care they need. Those who choose care are often the unsung heroes of our society, and their dedication and commitment deserve recognition.

Despite women's critical role in the care industry, they often face significant challenges, including low pay, poor working conditions, and a lack of recognition for their skills and expertise.

The COVID-19 pandemic put the inequalities faced by women in the care industry under a stark spotlight. Many care workers were on the frontline of the pandemic, risking their health to support those in need. However, they did not always receive the recognition or support they deserved. "According to a report published in Social Sciences in January 2021, women were often put at higher risk during the pandemic due to their over-representation in the healthcare sector. The report found that female nurses saw a higher prevalence of depression and anxiety than other healthcare workers." (NHS Confederation)

More needs to be done to support women working in the care industry in Britain. This includes investing in training and development opportunities, improving pay and working conditions, and providing more mental health and wellbeing support.

We need to ensure that the women who work in the care industry are valued, respected, and supported. By recognising women's vital role and investing in their training and development, we can create a more equitable and compassionate society for all.

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