Why WE CARE? Care Economy and Care Crises

IMG_3318 Care work, paid and unpaid, is a reality for most women all over the world, and care is a field characterized by enormous asymmetries between women and men. In the context of the global financial and economic crisis (in particular) and other global challenges (such as growing poverty, food crises, climate change, HIV/AIDS pandemic), care crises are becoming more and more evident. The approaches proposed by the political, economical, and humanitarian mainstream to face these crises are challenges for feminists.

The WIDE Annual Conference 2009 will provide space to learn and discuss paid and unpaid care work and the current debate in more detail. The conference will highlight the dynamics of care from different perspectives: north, east and south. We will try to link care economy to other spheres of the economy, particularly to the global financial crisis, as well as to ongoing debates on development and welfare, in which gender equality and social justice are at stake.

Conference is open for all interested and committed individuals.

Conference Coordinator: Patricia Meyer

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  1. Wendy Harcourt said

    WIDE’s focus on care is extremely timely given the need for feminists to respond not only to the current economic crisis but also the growing social unrest around precarity for young people. It seems important to build on not only analysis of the care crisis but also how to address it so that once again women are not called on to fulfil care work, and precarity of jobs for young women with children or other family dependents is seen as less important as for young men because the expectation is they will want to stay home. We know the situation is far more complex than that and we need to use the tools we have to ensure policy makers do not see the crisis as gender neutral. I have just returned from a meeting in Modena Italy on gender budgeting which provides a useful tool for local communities to make visible women’s care work and the need for public social provisioning.

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