Care Economies in Context

Beyond the Headlines Podcast: Ito Peng speaks on the Care Economy

Professor Ito Peng and Katherine Scott of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives speak on the Beyond the Headlines podcast episode: Crossroads of Crisis: COVID, Care, and Gender-Based Violence in Canada.

In April 2024, Professor Ito Peng spoke to host Tasha Romeyn on the University of Toronto’s Beyond the headlines podcast.

Beyond the Headlines is a current affairs show and podcast. It airs weekly on CIUT 89.5FM and is available on various podcast platforms. The podcast seeks “to make complex topics in global affairs and public policy accessible to Canadians with in-depth interviews with leading Canadian and international experts.

Professor Peng participated on an episode entitled, Crossroads of Crisis: COVID, Care, and Gender-Based Violence in Canada. The show notes state:

In today‚Äôs episode, we delve deep into the critical issues surrounding gender equality in Canada, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We explore the major challenges and developments in gender equality, paying special attention to the disturbing rise in gender-based violence during this period and how it varies across different regions in the country. Our conversation then extends to examining areas where Canada shows promising signs of gender equality, along with an in-depth look at the care economy. We discuss Canada’s response to the care economy during and after the pandemic, comparing it with global best practices.

Professor Peng joined the conversation at about minute 24, following a discussion with Katherine Scott about the gendered impacts of COVID-19. Professor Peng spoke to the gendered nature of the care economy, the key challenges to caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, public policy responses, what lessons Canada can learn from other countries in supporting the care economy, and goals for supporting the care economy in the future.

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