Originally published on Medium.com/@UN_Women

Every year we celebrate Mother’s Day and show our appreciation for mothers everywhere, in all shapes and forms. Their immeasurable contributions shape the lives and futures of our next generations.

This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic and containment measures drastically change everyday life, moms and all caregivers have taken on tremendous added burdens. In many cases, they continue to work either from home or risk their safety to maintain the essential work that keeps our communities running.

As governments start building recovery plans for the COVID-19 economic fallout, UN Women and the International Labour Organization released a new publication, “The impact of marriage and children on labour market participation”, which provides important insights into the distribution of domestic work and caregiving responsibilities within various types of households, and takes a critical look at women’s participation in the labour force around the world.

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