How is Unpaid Care linked to Violence Against Women? Can addressing Unpaid Care Work lead to a reduction in Violence Against Women? Or can attempts to recognise, reduce and redistribute Unpaid Care Work actually be seen as a justification for Violence Against Women?
Action Aid recently organised an international webinar to consider these questions, and to share and learn what works in addressing Unpaid Care Work and Violence Against Women, what challenges exist, and how can we influence national, regional and international policy. There were presenters from ActionAid Ghana and Oxfam.
The webinar attracted over 40 participants from a wide range of organisations and countries. ActionAid staff joined from the international secretariat and 9 different national offices. There were also participants from other organisations working on these themes such as Oxfam, Age International, Action on Disability and Development, and Trocaire.
Participants heard presentations on work being done in this area at both ActionAid and Oxfam and then had a chance to input their own experiences and challenges and ask the presenters more specific questions. Issues that arose in the discussion were around: the need to consider women with disabilities; challenges around social norms; whether VAW is heightened by the disruption of social norms; how women might be exposed to violence whilst carrying out UCW in the public sphere; the role of the state as a both challenge and a solution and how contextual issues such as rights to mobility can affect women’s ability to enjoy their full rights.
This webinar was the first in an exciting new series looking at themes being addressed in ActionAid’s 5 year POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Rights) project. This is taking place in Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Pakistan and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands. The project is working through local partners to achieve economic empowerment for women in rural communities. It is doing so by focusing on a number of interlinked areas: Unpaid Care Work, Climate Resistant Sustainable Agriculture, access to markets and Violence Against Women. It builds on ActionAid’s extensive programme and policy experience in these thematic areas.
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