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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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Country profile: Namibia

Last profiled in 1991, Namibia’s now younger electorate is calling for jobs and land justice amid a Covid-19-induced recession.
This is 1984, the first women’s march in Southall to protest against violence against women, particularly one woman – Krishna Sharma, who had taken her life after facing violence from her husband and in-laws. The protesters’ slogan was: ‘They call it suicide, we call it murder’ and they demonstrated outside the family’s house, a tactic borrowed from the Indian women’s movement. Credit: SBS

Why black matters

Rahila Gupta examines the roots of, and argues the case for, ‘political blackness’.

War and peace

A graphic snapshot of world peacekeeping trends from Dan Smith.
Photo: Jan-Peter Westad

Iyad El-Baghdadi: ‘We are in a time of counter-revolution’

Palestinian activist Iyad el-Baghdadi, a leading intellectual of the Arab Spring, talks fighting disinformation with Jan-Peter...

What if…exporting waste were banned?

Time to face our own rubbish, Vanessa Baird suggests.

Passing it on

We meet three women bound together across borders by their caring responsibilities and struggles to meet them.

5 reasons why care and the climate are inseparable

Amy Hall on the underappreciated link between the twin crises of our times.

My ass and the oceans

Let down at every turn, Ally Bruener struggles to balance her own vital needs with her eco-warrior credentials.

Explosive mix

As big international players eye up Mozambique’s natural gas reserves, a storm of conflict brews for local communities. Sophie...

‘You’ve done nothing!’

Stephanie Boyd reports from the Peruvian Amazon on the fight to get adequate healthcare that respects indigenous tradition. 

The alternative film review

Malcolm Lewis reviews Luxor directed and written by Zeina Durra; Shirley directed by Josephine Decker.

The alternative music review

Louise Gray and Malcolm Lewis review Uprize! by Spaza and Zan by Liraz.

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