Human rights expert calls for greater recognition of women's unpaid care work

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Maria Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

A UN independent expert is urging countries to value cooking, childcare and other unpaid work overwhelmingly undertaken by women.

Magdalena Sepúlveda, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, says although this work contributes to economic growth and social development, it is not recognized, supported or shared.

In an interview with UN Radio on Thursday, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, she characterizes the unequal distribution of unpaid care work as a human rights issue.

"Because of the unpaid care work, women and girls are not able to actively participate in the economy; they are not able, do not have the time, to enjoy their right to education, and they also have an enormous impact on their right to health because there is a limit to the amount of work that somebody can do without impacting on her own health." (24″)

Sepúlveda suggests countries should invest more in public services which benefit women, such as pre-school education and health care facilities, which will reduce the impact of unpaid care work on their lives.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’10″

 

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