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A caring economy: What would it take?

Care is what keeps us all going. It’s skilled, emotional, exhausting, rewarding work that props up our lives, households, communities and economies. Yet care – work disproportionately carried out by women and then most marginalized, is also massively undervalued and ignored. While growth and profit remain the priority of our economies, care of people and the planet are relegated to the sidelines.

This edition argues that even caregivers – whether they be parents or nurses, cleaners or neighbours – have their limits. With the world in the midst of a deepening crisis of care, accelerated by Covid-19, what would it mean to have an economy that valued them and the people they care for?


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Uyghur poet Abduweli Ayup: ‘I had no choice but to flee’

Uyghur poet and teacher Abduweli Ayup talks to Jan-Peter Westad about language, cultural survival and the unspeakable.

Keeping the world cared for

From dealing with Covid-19, to finding inventive ways to make ends meet, three workers from the Philippines, Trinidad and...
Albertina is 15 and the oldest of three sisters. When her mother died she took over responsibility for raising her younger siblings. Now she wants to become a nurse. CHRIS DE BODE/PANOS

The hidden debt of care

It’s essential work yet it is undervalued across the world. Amy Hall makes the case for putting care front and centre.
Defiantly demanding change in Brooklyn, New York. SAANYA ALI/MAJORITY WORLD

Care not cops

Amy Hall on why defunding police departments could be the most caring thing to do.
Penny Walters in the kitchen at Byker Community Centre where she volunteers as a chef twice a week. Credit: Tessa Bunney

‘People can't afford to eat'

Penny Walters bears witness to food poverty in the UK and suggests a way out of it. As told to Hazel Healy.

Introducing...Irfaan ali

Richard Swift on Latin America’s first Muslim head of state.
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Photo by Bureau of Land Management New Mexico

Sun sets on Big Oil

Endtimes for Big Oil. Danny Chivers and Jess Worth have some good news from the frontlines.
Health workers demonstrate handwashing techniques to Mukuru community members. Photo: Victoria Nthenge

View from Africa

Abandoned by the state, self-organized health workers in Kenya are absorbing the brunt of the pandemic, writes Nanjala Nyabola.
Health workers in action at the Mpilo Central Hospital Covid19 Testing laboratory. Bulawayo, 25 April 2020. Credit: KB Mpofu / ILO

Doctors priced out

Joylean M Baro on how Zimbabwean doctors on the frontlines of Covid-19 care have been priced out of treatment. 

Let the light in

Carole Concha Bell on how projectionists have been censored for criticizing the Chilean government’s pandemic response.
Students of group 11 and 12 get computer education in the computer classroom of secondary government school ‘Anjoor’ in the village Ramanagaram, 60km from Bangalore. Credit: Wim Klerx/Computer caste

View from India

Schoolchildren are falling through the digital divide, writes Nilanjana Bhowmick.

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