Women at the centre of the economy | Workshop 6

We are all squeezed in a system marginalises women, people with disabilities, people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, migrants, the LGBTIQ community, and many others. We need to create an economy that works for today's diverse society and values everyone equally, that provides space for everyone to be a part of it. Women need to take a visible space in the centre of the economy: to close the gender pay gap and to get more women on boards and in positions of power.

We have seen that - if some people are able to keep up with the rhythm of the capitalist economy - it is because they have women in their life doing care and domestic work for free. Care work keeps us all alive and it is a very undervalued and feminised sector. This needs to change. We need to re-think how we value them and how we can ensure that we have a socially inclusive society for all.

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Magdalena Bordagorry
Policy and Membership Development Officer at Eurodiaconia

Mary Collins
Acting Secretary General, European Women’s Lobby

Elizabeth Duval
Spokeswoman for Feminism, Equality and LGBTI Rights, Sumar

Katrin Langensiepen
Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group, Germany

Monika Vana
Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group, Austria