The New Constitution in Chile - the rights of care workers, the right to be cared for, toward a feminist national care system

16 December 2021

The demands for the rights of caretakers and the right to be taken care of cannot be looked at outside of the feminist agenda. The seminar will address the feminization of caretaking from a feminist and economic point of view, emphasizing the door that the Chilean constitutional process is opening.

RSVP here
16 December 2021
11:00 Santiago / 15:00 Europe (CEWT) / ET
  • The Institute of Local Governments (IGLO)
  • The Universidad Abierta de Recoleta (UAR)


  • Claudia Pascal - Chile First Minister of the Ministry of Women (2016)
  • Mercedes D’Alessandro - Economist and author. National Director of Economics, Equality and Gender at the Ministry of Economics, Argentina. 
  • Paula Poblete - Director of Studies, ComunidadMujer in Chile
  • Paloma Olivares - Political advisor of the Fundación Yo Cuido, Concepción in Chile

Moderator: Carolina Pérez Dattari, Director of IGLO-UAR


Feminist demands have a long history in Chile: from Elena Caffarena, who fought for the right to vote in the mid-twentieth century, together with MEMCH (Chilean Women’s Pro-emancipation Movement); the phrase coined in the 1980s by feminists such as Julieta Kirkwood, ‘Democracy in the country, at home and in the bedroom’, and the latest feminist wave in 2018, where thousands of women marched against gender inequality and male violence, giving birth to the 2019 performance created by Las Tésis from Valparaíso, Chile, ‘Un violador en tu camino’ (A rapist in your path), performed by thousands of women around the world.


Undoubtedly, feminist demands have made progress throughout the decades. Nonetheless, today’s feminist agenda continues to fight for issues such as the elimination of male violence, the salary gap (24 per cent in Chile), achieving sexual and reproductive rights and non-sexist education, among others. It is in this context that the demand for the recognition of domestic labor and caretaking as work under the slogan, ‘No es amor, es trabajo no pago’ (It’s not love, but unpaid work), comes to life. All these demands reached the Chilean Constitutional Conventional in the hands of the self-proclaimed feminists who comprise exactly 50 per cent of the Convention. Chile has the historical opportunity to write a new constitution and take major steps towards securing gender equality.

This event is organised by Transnational Institute, The Institute of Local Governments (IGLO),  and  the Instituto de Discapacidad, Inclusión y Cuidados (IDIC) of The Universidad Abierta de Recoleta (UAR)