Webinar

20 May 2021

WIEGO, ECDAN, Public Services International, International Domestic Workers Federation, UN Women, Nelson Mandela Foundation

WIEGO, ECDAN, Public Services International, International Domestic Workers Federation, UN Women, Nelson Mandela Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the global childcare crisis as creches and kindergartens closed to contain the virus. Most childcare work shifted onto women at home and has threatened women workers’ employment and livelihoods in formal and informal economy.  Simultaneously, many childcare workers were locked out of employment. The childcare sector worldwide is characterised by informal employment or vulnerable formal employment for women from marginalised groups.

Nevertheless, there is growing awareness that childcare investments are essential for economic recovery – aimed at increasing women’s labour force participation and reducing child poverty rates. Investing in public childcare services that meet the needs of children and their caregivers is challenging. However, research from UN Women and the ILO shows that this investment can be partially recovered through new decent work opportunities.

In this sense, this webinar was intended as a space for various actors to discuss common approaches for more public investment in quality childcare services.

Presenter: Francesca Bastagli, Director, ODI

Panellists:

  • Isabella Sekawana, Department of Social Development – South Africa
  • Elizabeth Lule, Early Childhood Development Action Network
  • Selma Núñez Parada, National Confederation of Health Service Professionals of Chile (Fenpruss)
  • Fish IP, International Domestic Workers Federation
  • Shiella Estrada, Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers in Hong Kong (PLU)

Discussants: Silke Staab, UN Women

Moderator:Rachel Moussié, WIEGO

Registrants: 218

Attendees: 109

Youtube views: 217

(until august/2021)