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Harmonizing Global Care Policy? Care and the Commission on the Status of Women
ByKATE BEDFORD
Pages 20

In March 2009, UN member states met in New York at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to discuss, among other things, the priority theme of “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS”. This meeting provided an unprecedented opportunity to focus the international community’s attention on care issues and to generate Agreed Conclusions (AC) that would lay out a roadmap for care policy. In this chapter, I examine the history and consequences of this process. More specifi cally, I aim to identify the narrative(s) of how the policy frame of equal sharing of caregiving came into being; examine the policy alliances generated through that frame; and consider, in the aftermath of the 53rd session, the major achievements of the meeting and the remaining steps to be taken. Research involved a review of documentation related to the 53rd session of the CSW2 and interviews with 18 participants and other informants.3