Care Blocks Bogotà

This learning case sets out in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Through the personal story of Graciela, the case examines unpaid care work from an intersectional perspective and reflects on how Bogotá’s Secretariat for Women’s Affairs implemented “Care blocks” to in 2020.

The material can be read on its own but is intended as basis for a facilitated discussion. By putting themselves in the shoes of the civil servants at the women’s office, participants will learn to:

  • Create a local government policy to reduce and redistribute unpaid care work that falls mainly on the
    shoulders of women and consider how including men in this work might impact equity.
  • Identify how to put into practice an intersectionality approach in gender, class, race, disabilities, etc.
    in the implementation of local policies related to care work.
  • Analyze the role of inter-institutional coordination and citizen participation in creating gender policies.

The material comprises the case in English and in Spanish, and a faciliator’s guide in English with suggested workshop structure. There is also a workshop presentation – a modifiable version of this can be shared upon request.