First Devt@man seminar: 24th Sept (University of Manchester)

You are all warmly invited to the first devt@man seminar, which will be given by Professor Diane Elson (University of Essex).

Recognition, reduction and redistribution of unpaid work in the context of development

Devt@man seminar series

Wednesday 24th September 2014, 16:30-18:00                  

Venue: HBS Cordingley

Unpaid work, that takes place outside market relations, takes a substantial amount of time in developing countries, especially the time of women and girls.  It constrains ability to undertake education and training and paid work; and ability to participate in public life.  This time needs to be recognized in official statistics and public policy, for instance through time use studies; reduced, through investment in infrastructure; and redistributed,  through provision of public services and social security measures, so that more of it is done by men, and by paid employees in public and private sectors. This paper focuses on the examples of unpaid work collecting water and caring for children. It discusses public policy to provide access to clean water (with particular reference to Tanzania) and to early years education and child care services (with particular reference to Chile).  The presentation draws on a paper co-authored with Marzia Fontana, ‘Public policies on water provision and early childhood education and care: do they reduce and redistribute unpaid work?’, Gender and Development, forthcoming 2014

Diane Elson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK.  She is a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy, and adviser to UN Women and UNDP. She is a former Vice President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She has published widely on gender equality, and economic policy, including articles in World Development, Journal of International Development, Feminist Economics,  Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and International Review of Applied Economics. Her recent books include (ed. with D. Jain) Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy, Sage, Delhi, 2011, and (ed. with S. Fukuda-Parr and P. Vizard) Human Rights and the Capabilities Approach. An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Routledge, London, 2012.

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