Nov 1, 2019
THE SEXIST ECONOMY - Meet Devaki Jain, A Mother of Feminist Economics
Play • 28 min

"Fighting inequality should be at the core of our new economic theory". Devaki Jain is one of the most famous southern feminist leaders.  She has been a world-renowned thinker on feminism and economics, who has for decades been an activist and economist fighting for economic justice and for equality. Devaki was one of the first feminists to identify the economic implications of the millions of hours of unpaid care work that women do.  She pioneered the voice of southern women in the global feminist movement.  

In the interview she looks back on her life and reflects with Winnie on the inseparability of the feminist struggle from the wider struggle for economic justice. She talks about how she was deeply inspired by Gandhi and the struggles for freedom around the world, including the role of women freedom fighters. She describes her role on the South Commission, led by the deeply influential and inspirational former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere.  She also reflects on the failure of some current feminists to confront the links between feminism, and that gender equality can only be achieved through a wider economic struggle against inequality and our broken economic model.

Hosted by Nabil Ahmed and Nadia Daar.

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