UN New York - Our virtual #HLPF event, which took place on the margins of the annual UN conference that assesses progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, saw expert speakers discuss why #SharingTheCare at every level - family, community, governments and private sector - is vital for gender equality and the wellbeing of all. The event’s main conclusion was that Care must be a collective responsibility, and that if the participation of men and boys, both inside and outside the home, in care work is essential to bring about a more equitable society, everyone, every stakeholder should also take their share of responsibility - and costs.
Our main objective for the event, titled ‘In this together: share the care, transform tomorrow‘, was to lay the ground for more caring societies.
Addressing the inequity of unpaid care work is key to advance women’s rights and improving relationships both inside and outside the home.
As our moderator Nikki van der Gaag stressed, ‘we are talking about millions of hours work done in the home. Our world simply wouldn’t work without unpaid care work. It represents 9% of the total GDP […] This work is not a burden. It is joyful. Unpaid care work should be at the centre of the Covid-19 recovery.’
Soon to come, a full report and key takeaways from the discussion.
Welcome & introduction
↛ See also our pre-event article with background information, speakers bio, and additional resources.
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