Volunteering and the new social contract

What would volunteering look like under a feminist social contract?

June 08-30 Moderated by Katrina Borromeo, Jane Muthumbi, Cecilia Millesi

About the discussion group

In this discussion, we seek to innovate ideas for an alternative vision of volunteering under a feminist social contract.

 

The 2021 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) will explore the theme of volunteering and the 21st Century Social Contract. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic the SWVR will explore evolving and emerging models of volunteering that provide opportunities for collaboration across states and society, and how these impact the evolving roles and relationships of governments and people in the face of 21st century needs.

But what would volunteering look like under a social contract that places women's empowerment and gender equality at its core and center? The discussion will bring together policy stakeholders (UN agencies, governments, think tanks) with women’s groups, movements, the volunteering communities and academia to discuss principles and perspectives for the upcoming 2021 State of the World's Volunteerism Report. The report aims to generate much-needed evidence to understand how different forms of voluntary participation can create meaningful ownership for those furthest left behind including women's groups and marginalised communities, reflected in policies and practice. 

The discussion will culminate in a dialogue, taking place on 2 June 2021and will form part of a paper that will frame the debate on the role of volunteering under a feminist social contract. 

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Cecilia Millesi
11.06.2021
Hello, this is Cecilia Milesi. I'm one of the facilitators of this global dialogue process. Welcome! We are waiting for your contributions!
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Cecilia Millesi
10.06.2021
Thanks Katrina!
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Katrina Borromeo
09.06.2021
Greetings everyone, and a very warm welcome to this online consultation that will discuss your ideas and vision for volunteering under a feminist social contract.

I'm Katrina Borromeo, Programme Specialist at UNV, and I'm delighted to be moderating the consultation with my colleagues Jane Muthumbi and Cecilia Milesi.

This consultation will run for three weeks so there's plenty of time to get involved and do a deep-dive in some emerging themes such as:


✔ Volunteering as unpaid work, (with its consequences for women empowerment). For example, how co-production in social services, social protection and participation in policy-making as mainly unpaid activities impacts differently in women and other gender groups? In all, based on your experiences, how are issues on unpaid care work, women’s role in safety nets etc. and the work burden impacting the roles of women, men and other gender groups in co-producing social services? Please provide ideas and examples for change. 

✔ Volunteering as a mechanism to promote gender equality and rights (or otherwise. For example, based on your experiences, how can new forms of governance better amplify women and other gender groups’ voices in strategic decision and policy-making? Please provide ideas and examples. 

✔ Power-sharing in the volunteering sector. For example, how historic asymmetries and the unfair distribution of resources among countries and organizations affects social innovation? Please provide ideas and examples for change. 

✔ Volunteering for Social innovation: Based on your experiences, how do gender issues linked to innovations around gender norms, or the acceptance and (lack of) recognition of ideas particularly coming from women’s groups and collectives affecting the capacities and opportunities of women and other gender groups to innovate? Please provide ideas and examples for change"

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Looking forward to hearing your ideas and responses!

Discussion Moderators

Katrina Borromeo
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Jane Muthumbi
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Cecilia Millesi
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Katrina Borromeo
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Cecilia Millesi
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