Glasgow Centre for Population Health Seminar Series 16: lecture 4
Dignity and respect in the care economy
Dr Angela O’Hagan
Reader in Equalities and Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences, Glasgow School for Business and Society
Glasgow Caledonian University
Wednesday 29th April 2020, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane,
Glasgow G1 3NU
How do we apply human rights and gender equality principles in the provision and resourcing of care? Taking a feminist economics perspective, Angela will discuss the gendered dimensions of the care economy, considering how care is valued and remunerated in the realities of economic and social infrastructure.
Drawing on examples from practice, issues of equality will be explored, along with human rights, and the diversity of people being cared for, unpaid carers, and people employed in the care sector.
In considering how public debates on resourcing care are formulated, Angela will discuss how gender and human rights budgeting support public policy decisions. She will argue for human rights leadership to secure a shift in perspectives from care as a problem of resources in a restrictive economic climate, to care as a necessary process of ensuring dignity and respect for individuals, families and communities.
Angela is a Reader in Equalities and Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University where she is also Deputy Director of the WISE Centre for Economic Justice. Prior to joining GCU to do a PhD in gender budgeting, Angela was with Oxfam Scotland and previously Director of Carers Scotland. She is currently the independent Chair of the Scottish Government’s Equality and Budget Advisory Group and has been closely involved in the Scottish and UK Women’s Budget Groups and the European Gender Budgeting Network for many years. In 2019, Angela was awarded the Political Studies Association Jo Cox Award for Public Service and Active Citizenship.
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