UN Chief denounces ‘the fiction that unpaid care work is not work’

26.07.20

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivered a strong and compelling message in his recent Nelson Mandela Lecture: 'Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new social contract for a new era’.

In his speech, he denounced amongst other “fallacies and falsehoods”, “the fiction that unpaid care work is not work”, an issue at the heart of MMM’s advocacy for over 70 years.

“COVID-19 has been likened to an x-ray, revealing fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built. It is exposing fallacies and falsehoods everywhere: The lie that free markets can deliver healthcare for all; the fiction that unpaid care work is not work; the delusion that we live in a post-racist world; the myth that we are all in the same boat. Because while we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in super-yachts while others are clinging to drifting debris…. Inequality defines our time.”

He emphasized that COVID-19 is a human tragedy. But it has also created a generational opportunity. An opportunity to build back a more equal and sustainable world. Quoting Nelson Mandela he refers to Education as “the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”.

By recognizing the dual importance of Care and Education, his words fuel the engine of our mission: to seek support and recognition for mothers as change makers for a better world.

It is with gratitude we receive his call to action as a powerful encouragement for our ongoing work.

Read the full lecture here

 

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