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Building bridges, not walking on backs: A feminist economic recovery plan for COVID-19

Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women

2020

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Briefing Note

Influencing Gender Norms

Women's economic empowerment covid-19 response plan covid-19 recovery recovery

Building bridges, not walking on backs: A feminist economic recovery plan for COVID-19

Building bridges, not walking on backs: A feminist economic recovery plan for COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced governments to reconsider transformative policy decisions as part of recovery and response plans to the pandemic. Developed by the Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women, this document represents a living and evolving agenda for a feminist COVID-19 response and recovery and therefore is not exhaustive, definitive or exclusively representative but highlights key and emerging principles and recommendations.

 

Highlights

  • The COVID19 response and recovery plan sets the stage for a series of what could be some of the most important and transformative policy decisions that Hawai‘i and the world have the opportunity to enact.
  • Caregiving, associated with and expected of women, is necessary for economic production to take place and yet it is split off from economic production, thereby structurally subordinating women in society.
  • Positively, we are witnessing the social re-valuing, in limited terms, of certain forms of work that have been structured and siloed into the most low-paid occupations such as caregiving, government administration, food and delivery services.
  • Rather than rush to rebuild the status quo of inequality, we should encourage a deep structural transition to an economy that better values the work we know is essential to sustaining us.
  • We should also address the crises in healthcare, social, ecological and economic policies laid bare by the epidemic. In order to do this well, we must integrate the knowledge developed by marginalised communities that will help us to prioritise greater social well-being as key to the economy.

 

Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Key Recommendations
  • Introduction
  • The State’s Current Economic Recovery Planning Processes
  • A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan
  • Recommended Principles & Practices for a Gender- and Socially Responsive
  • Recovery
  • Conclusion
  • Annex A: Relevant Links and Articles
  • Annex B: Analysis of the UHERO Economic Recovery Plan

 

This document was originally published on the Hawaii.gov website.

 

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