NEW YORK — In her first major speech at the United Nations, American actress and UN Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway called for a more equal distribution of unpaid care work in moving the agenda on gender equality in her keynote address at the International Women’s Day commemoration in New York. A long-standing supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, she put the spotlight on the unequal burden that unpaid care work poses to women.
Hathaway committed to working locally and internationally to advance policies that will bring about measurable change, including affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels. These changes can expand women’s choices, increase retention of girls in school, create employment, and ultimately reduce poverty and boost the economic welfare of a country.
“The assumption and common practice that women and girls look after the home and the family is a stubborn and very real stereotype that not only discriminates against women, but limits men’s participation and connection within the family,” said Hathaway.
“This focus that Anne has put on unpaid care burden is an urgent one, and women’s economic empowerment is directly linked to this neglected issue,” said UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “Unless both parents take on the responsibilities of their children and families, women will continue to face the motherhood penalty and be restricted in their choices at work and life.”
You can view Anne Hathaway’s speech at:http://webtv.un.org/