The escalating global environmental and inequalities crises, compounded by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, have further exposed and exacerbated the existing gender inequalities and have added to the factors that put women’s human rights at risk.
In the face of these structural and emerging challenges, public services can play a decisive role in the transformation of the asymmetrical and unjust power relations between women and men. Public services could play a critical role not only tackling the systemic and underlying factors—the uneven power imbalances — underpinning gender inequality. Strengthening public services and ensuring they are gender transformative, requires reversing their commodification and commercialization.
Panel 1: Challenges and risks: what are the key barriers to the development of gender- transformative public services?
Panel 2: Solutions and opportunities: how would gender-transformative public services look like in practice? What are the key components of a gender-transformative agenda for public services?
-Corina Rodríguez, member of the executive committee of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
-Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of Public Services International (PSI)
-Chenai Mukumba, Policy Research and Advocacy Manager at Tax Justice Network Africa.
Rossella de Falco, Program Officer, Right to Health at the Global Initative for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR).