The organisation, UN Women, has just published a new report arguing for economic development in a new era, the purpose of which is to ‘…support the survival and flourishing of life, in all its forms’.
The quotation above comes from a web article by Jayati Ghosh, on the web pages of Social Europe, in which Ghosh argues that the world economy needs to rotate 180 degrees and become focused away from the notion of market forces. Forces which can bring riches or disaster according to some unseen lottery of life.
If we live in an economic and deterministic world all we need, Ghosh argues, is the will to restructure institutional forms into better, more humane and democratic models.
It is a telling argument, well supported by the UN document – Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice. (.pdf)
The chapters in the report are challenging and an informative read, providing not only argument, but examples of how economic change can be restructured in the post-Covid landscape.
The report is not, in itself, a social enterprise driven map for the future.
Rather, we would argue, that social business and community enterprise can play their full part in re-modelling of local and national economic agendas, in the feminist mirror the UN paper holds up to us all.
Post-Covid, the illustrations and challenges of the report are already the common currency of ideas in the re-build agenda. Ideas and directions of travel that will already be familiar to the SocEnt community.
- Economics that support the livelihoods of women.
- Putting Care, note the capital C, at the heart of economic and community change.
- Making the instruments of finance and economics gender-just.
- Creating a new feminist global politics for the post-Covid era.
We recommend it as a formative read this winter.
Discover the article by Jayati Ghosh here.
Discover UN Women on the web here, global champions for gender equality.