Monday 17th March 2014
Conference room C (CB), UN building, New York
Care work, referring to everyday activities like collecting water or cleaning the house but also caring for people who can’t take care on their own, is fundamental for sustaining the labor force as well as for absorbing the ‘invisible’ costs of poor infrastructure and service provision when governments do not provide them. But still, care work is divided unequally, not only among countries, but especially between genders, with the greater burden falling on women and girls.
Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office and the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) organized a panel discussion with the co-sponsorship by the Governments of Uruguay and Germany, in order to discuss these problems and how they can be readdressed in the Post 2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. This panel brought the feminist advocates from the South to discuss the key priorities and strategies to integrate care work into the transformative sustainable development agenda and macro-economic policies. Government representatives from Uruguay and Germany gave valuable insights in terms of public policies on redistribution of care work as well their perspectives around the potential role of the recognition and redistribution of care work in shaping the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Interventions from governments were followed by a moderated discussion with all participants.