The public value of care and the politics of women’s work
14 June 2018, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Jayati Ghosh on the importance of recognising, rewarding, reducing and redistributing care work, as part of as part of our public lecture series Rethinking Public Value and Public Purpose in 21st-Century Capitalism.
UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
This event has taken place, but you can watch it below.
Care services are taken for granted, unrecognised and unsung in almost all societies. But they contribute hugely to public value: to social well-being, cohesion and stability and to the progress of the economy and its future potential – even though that contribution is missing in the national accounts.
Currently, most care work is performed by unpaid and underpaid women, especially in developing societies, which unfortunately affects social attitudes to all work done by women as well as all care work. This needs to change to create happier and more equal societies. Public policy is crucial in determining the extent, coverage and quality of care services as well as the conditions of care workers.
Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.