Unpaid care work is work that our economic system must recognize, invest in and support

19.07.21

UN New York / HLPF - A look back at our side-event to the UN High Level Political Forum

On 14 July 2020, MMM organized a virtual HLPF side-event on ‘Changing narratives about unpaid care work and the economy’ to discuss how changing the way unpaid care work is perceived and  socially and economically valued is a first and necessary step to bring about systemic changes for more economic justice for women, mothers especially.

Our objectives

  • Raise awareness on the multiple benefits of taking a more holistic approach to “work”, i.e. considering both paid and unpaid care work, by recognizing that unpaid care is indispensable work that sustains the economy and develops valuable skills
  • Make the case for a paradigm shift in our economic narrative around Care, so that in budgets, spending in care, education, health and family support, are considered as investments – not as expenses to be minimized
  • Showcase examples of good policies/practices that can change perspectives and views on unpaid care work and our economy
  • Call on governments and international organisations to seize the opportunity to transform our economy and move from the short-term and exploitative “GDP growth” narrative to the ‘wellbeing economy’ narrative

Event recording

Many thanks to our speakers for their rich and insightful contributions 

For additional background information see also our invitation article

Resources from our speakers

From the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

From the Women’s Budget Group UK

From Promundo Global

From Danone & its partner Lifeed

From Oxfam

From the International Labour Organisation (ILO) & UN Women

 

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