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Essential yet exploited? Invisibilised frontline workers during the pandemic

15 March 2024, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Care worker hold an elderly person's hand while wearing surgical gloves

Join us on World Essential Workers' Day as we examine the working conditions of low-paid care workers during and post-pandemic and ask how they can be better protected in the event of future crises.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Louisa Acciari – UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Location

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
2nd floor, Wilkins Building
UCL, Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the public has (re)discovered that some workers are essential. While initially the focus was on medical professions, it became increasingly clear that other workers were essential too. Amongst them, low-paid care workers such as workers in nursing homes, nannies, cleaners and domestic workers received little attention.

On this World Essential Workers' Day, join us in person or online as we present findings from the project ‘Who cares?’ that examines the working conditions of low-paid care workers during and post-pandemic. We will propose a definition of labour exploitation and discuss research findings on care work across multiple care sectors.

Frontline care workers will share their experiences from the pandemic and address the lack of care from employers and authorities during the crisis. We will also hear from scholars in the fields of labour and health and discuss the pressing question of frontline workers’ living, working and health conditions in crisis contexts. How can we ensure to ‘leave no one behind’ when the next crisis comes, and to extend decent levels of protection to those who perform the essential work of sustaining our lives and well-being?

This event also marks the sixth anniversary of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster and will include an introduction to the Centre's work. It will be followed by a networking reception for those attending in person.

Panellists

  • Prof. Maureen Fordham, Professorial Research Associate, Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster, University College London
  • Dr Sabah Boufkhed, Lecturer in Global Health, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, The University of Manchester
  • Prof. Shereen Hussein, Professor of Health and Social Care Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Bile Jean, Care worker, Representative of Sage Nursing Home, United Voices of the World
  • Berta Martí Chicote, Nanny, Coordinator of the Nanny Solidarity Network

Chair and Organiser: Dr Louisa Acciari, Co-Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster (UCL)

How to book

This event will be held in person but if you can't make it to London, you can join us online too. Please still book your place using the link above and you will be sent login details before the event.


About the Centre

The Centre for Gender and Disaster based in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, aims to develop awareness of, and responsiveness to, gender considerations in the contexts of risks, disasters and conflicts, through excellence in research and teaching.


Accessibility information

For information about the accessibility of this venue, please see the Accessable website.

There is lift access and step-free access into the auditorium. If you wish to attend the event and have specific requirements, please contact irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk for guidance.