Who Cares? Unpaid care work, poverty and women’s human rights

Monday 7 October 2013 11:00 to 14:00
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN

On Monday 7 October, ActionAid International, Institute of Development Studies, and Oxfam will host 'Who Cares: Unpaid work, poverty and women's human rights', a meeting and panel discussion to reflect on the UN special report on unpaid care work and women's human rights.

The report, by UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, will be presented at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September. The report positions unpaid care work as a major human rights issue. Focusing on women caregivers, particularly those living in poverty, the report argues that heavy and unequal care responsibilities are major barriers to gender equality and to women's equal enjoyment of human rights, and in many cases condemn women to poverty.

Unpaid care underpins all societies, contributing to wellbeing, social development and economic growth. It involves domestic tasks and direct care of people within family homes and local communities. It is estimated that if unpaid care work were assigned a monetary value it would constitute between 10 and 39 per cent of GDP. However, despite considerable research, care is generally unrecognised and under-valued by policy-makers and legislators.

ActionAid International, IDS and Oxfam have long played a prominent part in promoting policies to support the empowerment of women and girls. This event forms part of our exciting programmes of current work on this theme.

The meeting will include a presentation by UN Special Rapporteur, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, followed by a discussion of the report's findings.

Attendance is by invitation only. For more information about the event, contact Carol Smithyes: c.smithyes@ids.ac.uk.

See our website for on IDS's work on Influencing Policies to Support the Empowerment of Women and Girls

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