Valeria Esquivel is Employment Policies and Gender Specialist at the Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch of the Employment Policy Department at the ILO, the International Labour Organization. She leads the Branch’s Gender in Employment Group and co-coordinates the UN Women-ILO Joint Programme Promoting decent employment for women through inclusive growth policies and investments in care. Valeria’s latest publications have focused primarily on care policies and care workers. She has co-authored the reports Innovations in Care: New Concepts, New Actors, New Policies (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2017) and Care work and care jobs for the future of decent work (ILO, 2018). She has also co-edited two Gender & Development issues, the first devoted to the Sustainable Development Goals (Vol. 24, No. 1, 2016) and the other to Beijing +25 (Vol.28, No. 2, 2020). Her current work focuses on the intersections of gender, employment and macroeconomics. She is currently studying the gender employment impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim at proposing and supporting the implementation of gender-responsive employment policies, including investments in the care economy.