Social Renewal Advisory Board: A Recovery for Everyone – Emma Ritch, Executive Director of Engender
Covid-19 has exposed faultlines of inequality and injustice that that have long existed in our society and in our homes. The way in which we recover from this public health crisis could either see a rollback of women’s rights or a step towards a world in which women have more equal access to resources, power, and safety.
If Covid-19 has told us anything, it is this: care is as essential to our economy as bricks, steel, and fibre optic cable. Contrary to descriptions of crashing productivity, in lockdown women found themselves busier than ever: supervising home-schooling, squeezing childcare, care, and paid work into a day, and managing their households. Investment in childcare and care for disabled people and older people must be considered as necessary infrastructure for Scotland to have a sustainable wellbeing economy and a good society.
The Social Renewal Advisory Board is committed to putting the needs of women, Black and minoritised people, and disabled people at the heart of recovery. Whether we’re talking about housing, income, the wealth of local communities, or social security, we know that Scotland can only truly recover from Covid-19 if it’s a recovery for everyone.
Emma Ritch, Executive Director of Engender