UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - At the meeting with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, MMM drew attention to how, In the context of the pandemic and imposed lockdown, the demand for unpaid care work and informal education has increased and reinforced pre-existing gender inequalities in sharing this essential work.
Before the lockdowns, parents, in particular mothers, were already facing difficulties raising their children under proper conditions, often juggling between their educational responsibilities and their need to make a living.
With widespread school closures, added unpaid childcare provision has disproportionally fallen on mothers. A British sociologist from Kent University even refers to a “return of the 1950’s housewife”. Home schooling has also put an additional strain on mothers.
In addition to the health crisis, the economic hardship brings uncertainties and fears, which can feed discrimination and xenophobia. In this instance, informal education in the family is crucial. It is indeed within the family that life-skills are learned, and that the transmission of values such as respect and tolerance takes place.
In conclusion, MMM called on Member States to recognize the important role of informal education, and to support parents, especially mothers, by enabling them to fulfill this role under proper conditions.
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