health+housing=hope: Gates Foundation shows leadership in our community; on building a “caregiving infrastructure”

health+housing=hope: Our neighbor Melinda Gates directly confronts the issue of health inequality in this poignant video about the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Gates talks about how people on the margins are most influenced in a global health emergency such as Covid-19, and the issue of women’s unpaid work is “in our face” like never before, giving rise to calls for development of a “caregiving infrastructure.” Says Ms. Gates, “we value families and we value work.” Speaking about how small acts of kindness and people caring for their neighbor gives her hope, Melinda Gates tells us how we need to stand with one another to rebuild in a way that brings equity for all. We applaud the leadership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in our community and around the world. And we thank our volunteers, donors and community partners who help us support families experiencing homelessness, and move closer to our dream if ensuring no child sleeps unsheltered.

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Melinda Gates Talks About Health Inequality

As Bill and Melinda Gates say in their annual letter, portions below, caregiving is “essential infrastructure.” Let’s treat it that way:

“Treat Caregiving as Essential Infrastructure:

This past year has also shined a spotlight on women’s unpaid labor, an issue I’ve written about in this letter before. With billions of people now staying home, the demand for unpaid care work—cooking, cleaning, and childcare—has surged. Women already did about three-quarters of that work. Now, in the pandemic, they’ve taken on even more of it. This work may be unpaid, but it comes at an enormous cost: Globally, a two-hour increase in women’s unpaid care work is correlated with a 10 percentage point decrease in women’s labor force participation. As governments rebuild their economies, it’s time to start treating child care as essential infrastructure—just as worthy of funding as roads and fiber optic cables. In the long term, this will help create more productive and inclusive post-pandemic economies.”