James E. Alatis Plenary
Friday, 24 March 2023
8:00-9:00 am PT
Demanding Economic Justice for Care Work
The pandemic has brought forward the conversation about the care economy and the fundamental role played by paid and unpaid carers. AbuMezied presents the care economy from a women’s economic justice lens by discussing the undervaluation of work done by carers, including teachers. Drawing from cases in Palestine and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the presenter shares the root causes of this undervaluing and its global linkages. Additionally, she covers how climate change exacerbates carers’ time poverty before concluding with recommendations on ways forward.
Asmaa AbuMezied is an economic development and gender justice expert working to address issues of gender, development, and climate change. Her main areas of focus are women's economic justice through gendered economic policies, women's rights in economic sectors, unpaid care and domestic work campaigning, inclusive markets, and feminist economics in fragile and conflict areas. Her work is published in various spaces, such as Oxfam Policy & Practice, Development and Gender Journal, Al Shabaka, and the World Economic Forum.