Human Rights Council 24th Session – Side Event on “Unpaid care work, women’s rights and poverty: making the connection” on 18 September
Jointly organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Make Mothers Matter (MMM) & Association Points Coeur
Sponsored by the Missions of Chile, Finland, France and Uruguay,
as well as the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva.
Building on the work of the Special Rapporteur, the ILO, UNRISD, OHCHR, as well as the rich experience of Make Mothers Matter International in this area, the event presented arguments for consideration of unpaid care work as a major human rights issue, and proposed strategies for the better recognition, reduction and redistribution of unpaid care work, as an important step towards the better realization of women’s human rights.
- Magdalena Sepúlveda – UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights
- Jane Hodges – Director, Bureau for Gender Equality, International Labor Organization (ILO)
- Sarah Cook – Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
- Christian Courtis – Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- Valérie Bichelmeier – UN Representative, Make Mothers Matter International (MMMI)
Chair: Her Excellency Ms Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador of Finland
This event brought women’s unpaid care work into focus as a critical human rights issue. The main objectives were to:
- Bring unpaid care work into the centre of the debate on gender equality and women’s human rights, including the rights of older women and girls;
- Reactivate the debate on how best to recognize the economic and social value of women’s unpaid care work, which is both a cause of the feminization of poverty and increasingly intensified in the context of population ageing, migration, health crises, austerity, rising unemployment and informal work;
- Present examples and strategies (including good practices by States) for the better recognition, reduction and redistribution of unpaid care work.
Download: Flyer & Concept note of the event