UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - MMM's intervention to the Council stresses the need to recognize the central role that unpaid family care work plays in our economy and society, and identifies the Right to Development as the perfect framework to bring about the necessary systemic changes. A transition to an economy that serves the wellbeing of people and the planet is the way forward. And this begins by recognizing the unpaid work of caring as a collective responsibility.
The following is the oral statement as delivered by our representative to the UN in Geneva, Karen Thorsen.
As rightly stated in the report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to development, the Covid-19 crisis has had a disproportionate impact on women, worsening existing and deep-rooted inequalities and discriminations.
It was also an eye-opener:
We now face a unique opportunity to redress these systemic failures – by putting Care and Education at the centre of recovery policymaking.
The Right to development is the perfect framework to move beyond the ‘GDP growth’ narrative and prioritize the long-term wellbeing of people and the planet in all policy-making.
It is time to transition to a wellbeing economy – with care and education at its heart.
This oral statement was delivered during the discussion which took place during the 51st session of the Human Rights Council following the presentation of the annual thematic report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
→ our 2020 HLPF side-event report on ‘Care and Education: cornerstones of sustainable and just economies’
→ information on the Right to Development by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
UN New York, HLPF - Join us on July 11th for a discussion on how #SharingTheCare at every level - family, community, governments and private sector - is vital for
At MMM, we believe that sharing the invisible work of caring and educating children more equitably is a quadruple win: essential for early child development (ECD), beneficial for both men
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
UN New York - Ahead of the upcoming 2023 High Level Political Forum (HLPF), MMM's written statement provides 2 concrete policymaking avenues to address the issue of unpaid care work and accelerate progress on G
UN New York - Our oral statement to the UN Commission on Population Development calls for for the recognition of the importance of non formal education, which mostly takes place within families. It includes the
UN New York - This year’s priority theme of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was ‘Innovation, technological change, education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerme
Make Mothers Matter, together with the city of Ypres, and its grass roots partners Mothers for Peace, Mama Kivu and the Vrouwenraad, is organizing an international peace Conference Women at the Peace Table, whi
Care is at the heart of our advocacy work here at MMM, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to put forward our thoughts in this op-ed featured on the OECD Forum Network website.
UN Geneva - In recent years, MMM has strongly advocated for eliminating the use of the word ‘Burden’ in association with unpaid care work. Many people have talked and written about the ‘burden of unpaid c