The Measure of Government for a Democratization of Care was presented to the Plenum of the City Council last May 26th

The Measure of Government for a Democratization of Care 2017 – 2020 was presented on May 26th. A measure with 68 actions aimed at putting care at the center of municipal policies and which has an initial budget of euros 59 million additional for the period 2017 to 2020.

The Measure of Government for a Democratization of Care prompts from the Commissioner of Cooperative, Social and Solidarity Economy and Consumption with the leadership of the Department of Feminisms and LGTBI. In order to prepare the measure, a motor group has been set up to streamline the whole process, and with the objective of weaving commitments, alliances and collaborations, an Interdepartmental Commission has been created, where have participated diverse areas and departments of the City Council of Barcelona. In the process of preparation of this Government Measure, it has also been essential to have the experience of individuals and entities relevant to the matter, in order to contrast the results of the analysis and the proposals made.

The process of preparation of the Measure has been fed by the elaboration of a map of municipal services, programs and projects focused on the provision and reception of care currently existing in the City of Barcelona. And also of the elaboration of the diagnostic study, commissioned to the University of Vic and the Cooperative The Invisible City, called “Economy of the care and municipal politics: towards a democratization of the care in the city of Barcelona”. Some relevant results of the diagnosis are the work overload suffered by the families and the feminization of these tasks; the negative impact that the assumption of care has on the state of physical and mental health, labour participation and economic autonomy; and the high job insecurity of the care sector.

In summary, the Measure aims to promote in the medium and long term another way to socially organize care, from a transformational point of view. To this end, three main objectives have been established: to recognize care as a central part of the socio-economic life of the city, to promote the co-responsibility of all social actors to guarantee the right to dignity and quality of care, and to reduce social and gender inequalities that currently characterize both the provision and the reception of care.

The actions of the measure are deployed based on two central axes: recognition of the social centrality of care and the socialization of care. There are, in addition, two transverse axes that cross the set of actions of the measure: the elimination of the (bad) social division of labor and the individual, relational and collective empowerment of providers and caregivers.

Some of these concrete actions are: the expansion of the IMEB Family Spaces network; the new “Prepared to Care” program to promote men’s co-responsibility for care; the impulse of cohousing; aid for the functional rehabilitation of the home of persons with disabilities; the expansion of the project “Radars” and “Let’s go down the street” to deal with situations of loneliness not wanted.