María del Mar García Calvente claims a better public service development to face the social organization of care
The Gender and Health Professor at the Andalusian School of Public Health has defended in her presentation "The impact of caring on the health of carers: an exponent of gender inequalities" the need to develop more political actions and laws addressed to achieve equity between women and men.
For García Calvente, informal care, held in more than 75 percent of cases by women all or almost every day of the week during 8 hours or more, plays a key role in gender and health inequalities, and it is a paradigm of the invisibility of women’s contribution to society.
In general, this is an unpaid work, priceless in the market, something that is often confused with a lack of value, which generates a labour and economic impact on the caregiver, who cannot consider working outside the home or must reduce her working day, with the resulting economic problems. And, who, additionally, ends up neglecting her own health and remains socially isolated due to the labour resignation and the lack of leisure time.
In this regard, the doctor in Medicine submits that "while care was not understood as a valuable asset for health, it will not be considered as a priority in the development of health and welfare policies". For this, García Calvente claims a better development in public utilities, without gender bias, and better strategies to achieve a more equitable care distribution between women and men and between family and state.