How Long Should Women Bear The Responsibility Of Caregiving Solely On Their Shoulders?

Posted: September 9, 2017

Caregiving should be a shared responsibility and not the default duty of women. Because caregivers need support too. #WomenOnTheMove

The amendment to the Maternity Bill, that has now been increased to 26 weeks, was received with much fanfare. It was a welcome move. However, contrary to popular perception caregiving does not only comprise of childcare; it includes crucial forms of other care too – care for the terminally ill, disabled and the elderly.

Elder care in India is massively understated and uncared for. Elder care demands daily care, weekly medical supervision, sometimes treatments and consistent close attention. But the lack of a sustainable leave policy makes it difficult for many people to care for their aging parents. Also, lack of institutional support forces many to hire private nurses and caregivers to help them with the daily care. But hiring private caregivers is an expensive affair; hence, many take up the responsibility themselves, sometimes at the cost of giving up their jobs.

Last week, we had our weekly #WomenOnTheMove chat over at Twitter, where we discussed why in India caregiving is usually assumed to be the women’s responsibility rather it should be a shared responsibility. This is what they said.

(If you’re not yet following Women’s Web on Twitter, do now, and you can come over for the chat too, every Wednesday 6-7PM IST).

Caregiving in India is synonymous to ‘a woman’s responsibility’ — Why?

Caregiving can be stressful. Why does no one care about the caregiver?

After marriage, husband’s parents become a wife’s responsibility but that doesn’t cease his duties towards them

If a woman has a caregiving duty towards her in-laws, why is the converse overlooked?

Women too often feel they have greater responsibility towards their in-laws than their parents

Women are NOT super humans; nurturing abilities are present both in men and women

Women more often than not sacrifice personal aspirations for caregiving

At times at the cost of their own health

Sometimes even more…

It is time we chuck the cliches and raise our children right!

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