CareVisions Project & ISS21
Speakers: Laura Turquet, Policy Advisor and Deputy Chief of Research and Data, UN Women and Silke Staab, Research Specialist, UN Women Discussant: Ailbhe Smyth, CareVisions research advisory group
Monday 7 February 15:00-16:30
Building on UN Women’s (2021) report Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice, Silke Staab and Laura Turquet propose the idea of a feminist social contract that centers women’s access to decent work, investments in the care economy and gender-just transitions to environmental sustainability within a broader politics for economic recovery and transformation. They will discuss the ways in which the pandemic has revealed current social contracts to be profoundly fractured, systematically failing to value, nourish, and invest in what is essential. They will look at the idea of a feminist social contract, tracing some of the history of how feminists have engaged with social contract theory, and how this can be applied to new framings of a renewed social contract with care at its core. They will focus on the role of the state in reimagining and re-engineering fractured social contracts in terms of both the what (provision of collective goods and services) and the how (redefinition of state-society relations, including a shift in gender power relations, and greater global solidarity).