Motion ref. S6M-06141
European Carers Day 2022
Submitted by: Gillian Mackay, Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Supported by: Karen Adam, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Graeme Dey, Jackie Dunbar, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Fulton MacGregor, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Emma Roddick, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Mercedes Villalba
That the Parliament welcomes European Carers Day, on 6 October 2022, which highlights the theme of "tackling gender inequality in care giving", in recognition of data showing that, across Europe, 80% of all care is provided by unpaid carers and that, on average, 59% of all unpaid carers in Europe are women; understands that working women spend on average 22 hours per week in unpaid work, while working men spend fewer than 10 hours, and the demand on carers’ time has increased further due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; recognises reports that this has a clear negative impact on women’s employment opportunities and working hours, with long-term caring responsibilities tending to compound the gender pay and pensions gaps that already exist because of childcare responsibilities, and considers that, while good progress has been made to support unpaid carers in Scotland, more must be done to address gender inequality in care giving, to ensure that women are able to combine caring responsibilities with employment and active citizenship.