Economic opportunity

Activists advise U.N. panel to pay mind to the unpaid work of women

A woman works as a cleaner in a factory outside Bangkok, Thailand. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

The first meeting of a high-level panel backed by U.N. Women, the International Monetary Fund, the International Labor Organization and the World Bank took place this week. It was first launched in January during the World Economic Forum and brings leaders together to produce a plan to improve economic conditions and opportunities for women over the next 15 years. According to the Guardian, activists hope to hear more from the panelists about the unpaid work of women, hazardous working conditions and exploitation by employers — not just about more women as CEOs.

“There’s not nearly enough recognition of the fact that this is about women’s human rights, not just about creating economic growth,” Rachel Noble of ActionAid told the Guardian.

“Unpaid care is the major structural barrier for women’s economic empowerment. Domestic work makes all other work possible. Without someone taking care of your home and children, people wouldn’t be able to take their jobs,” added Allison Julien of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

The first of two reports from the panel will be released in September.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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