Domestic and care work covers the basic sustenance, well-being and reproductive activities of life, as well as the production of essential features for their maintenance (food, clothes, hygiene and so on). It is everyday work, without which life could not continue.
All these tasks have been traditionally carried out by women, practically on their own, and have not been valued socially or economically. Although men have been taking part more and more in such work, the proportion of their contribution at present is still much lower than that of women.
Care work is usually invisible and the tasks it involves are relegated to the area of household work, where they may be ignored or under-valued. This lack of recognition poses an obstacle to its distribution and to it being dignified as work, and any attention to the living conditions of the people performing it.