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Women's Work Counts: Feminist Arguments for Human Rights at Work

The discussion on women’s work in this paper begins with the elucidation of the distinctive nature of their work, narrating their working conditions and debating how to best achieve equality and socioeconomic rights. It focuses on two alternative perspectives of women’s work. One is a combination of care economy and livelihoods perspectives, and the other is the ‘economic’ approach to work that dominates the thinking of mainstream economics. It argues that women’s ‘unpaid care work’ is the basis of their discrimination and inequality in the paid work, and that we need a more transformative approach to infuse human rights with women’s perspectives. 

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Radhika Desai
Programme on Women's Economic Social and Cultural Rights
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Land and Economic Rights