Recognizing Women's Unpaid Care Work: How Equality at Home Can Lead to Equality in the Public Sphere

Date & Time
9:30 AM EST
2045 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20515

A Briefing Series Inspired by Sustainable Development Goal #5: "Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls."

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for the eighth event of a briefing series exploring each element of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls.”

Rep. Jackson Lee will host the event; IFES President and CEO Tony Banbury will provide remarks. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Maria Floro, Professor of Economics and co-director of the Graduate Program on Gender Analysis in Economics, American University
  • Dr. Sarah Gammage, Director of Gender, Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods, ICRW Advisors
  • Dr. Jeff Hayes, Program Director, Job Quality and Income Security, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Dr. Elizabeth King, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education, Brookings

Target 5.4 of SDG 5 is focused on recognizing and valuing unpaid care and domestic work, which can impact women’s participation in all facets of public life – including in the workforce and the political arena. Because women often bear the brunt of unpaid care and domestic work at home, they may have limited time to be active in politics or elections, especially if they work outside the home as well.

Join us as we hear from practitioners and researchers on how best practices in international development can recognize unpaid care and domestic work, challenge gender roles that lead to a disproportionate division of labor in the home, and increase women’s political participation.

There will be opportunity for Q&A. Light refreshments will be served.