UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - The pandemic has exposed the crucial importance of Care for our collective wellbeing and the essential role parents, and in particular mothers, play in maintaining this within families. In an oral statement to an intersessional meeting of the Council, we reiterated our call to seize this opportunity to transition to a wellbeing economy - an economy that prioritizes the wellbeing of people and the planet - with care and education at its heart.
Before the pandemic, women – especially mothers – were already more represented in informal work and less likely to have access to social protection, paid less than men and over-represented in poverty statistics.
The crisis only worsened their situation. But it was also an eye-opener…
We now have a unique opportunity to address and transform these systemic failures. This begins by changing narratives and shifting paradigms.
Governments must now:
We must move beyond the ‘GDP growth’ narrative, and repurpose our economic system to prioritize the long-term wellbeing of people and the planet. A few governments (Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales) are showing us the way. It is time to transition to a wellbeing economy – with care and education at its heart.
Mélanie Nédélec, MMM Representative at the United Nations in Geneva, delivered this statement at the Human Rights Council’s intersessional meeting on 18 January 2022. Part of a series on human rights and the 2030 development agenda, this fourth meeting focused on ‘Investing in sustainable recovery, advancing gender equality and strengthening partnerships – Towards a renewed social contract anchored in human rights’.
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