Inactive population due to caring responsibilities

In 2017, 1,6% of the population in Belgium was not working due to family responsibilities. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must decrease. This objective will not be reached by continuing the trend since 2006. The population that is inactive due to family responsibilities is therefore developing unfavourably.

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Inactive population due to caring responsibilities - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of population aged 15 to 64

 2006201020122015201620172017//20062017//2012
Belgium0.91.01.21.51.51.65.45.9
EU281.92.42.42.62.62.62.91.6
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019),Inactive population not seeking employment by sex, age and main reason [lfsa_igar], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 9/04/2019).

Inactive population due to caring responsibilities, by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 15 to 64

 2006201020122015201620172017//20062017//2012
females1.82.02.42.93.03.15.15.3
males0.1--0.10.10.10.10.00.0
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019),Inactive population not seeking employment by sex, age and main reason [lfsa_igar], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 9/04/2019).

Inactive population due to caring responsibilities, by age - Belgium

percentage of population

 2006201020122015201620172017//20062017//2012
15-391.11.21.31.61.81.95.17.9
50-640.60.51.01.21.11.15.71.9
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019),Inactive population not seeking employment by sex, age and main reason [lfsa_igar], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 9/04/2019).

UN target: 5.4 - Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate.

UN indicator: the selected indicator is related to indicator 5.4.1 - Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

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