Care of, and support for, dependent children and other members of the immediate family who need help.


Additional notes and information

Women continue to shoulder a disproportionate share of the burden when it comes to raising children and taking care of other dependants. This fact impacts their employment, from taking on leadership roles through to retirement. It also restricts their entering, participating in or advancing in a broad range of public, political or cultural areas.


(1) Council of the European Union (2011). Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action − Women and the Economy: Reconciliation of Work and Family Life as a Precondition for Equal Participation in the Labour Market. Council Conclusions; (2) European Union (2005), Glossary of Gender and Development Terms, in Toolkit on Mainstreaming Gender Equality in EC Development Cooperation (Chapter 1, section 3). Available at:…