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The first International Conference on care, equality and diversity aims to highlight the value of care as the foundation of a new social agreement.

Research on care and the ethics of care is already taking place in political science, economics, social work, philosophy, education sciences and pedagogics, however, an in-depth analysis from the legal perspective is still lacking. Research on this issue is already taking place within the areas of constitutional law or philosophy of law with the objective of placing care as an inspiring principle for a new constitutional agreement based on solidarity and which points the person at the centre of life.

Throughout our existence, we all need to be physically and emotionally taken care of and also need the time invested by others in doing so. That time has been the time of women. Caring means looking after people, and this is what women have been doing for centuries. The State must accept that the generations of women who have traditionally taken care of children, the elderly, sick and other dependent people are done and that women are no longer willing to carry on providing that role in an exclusive manner: neither being care-givers exclusively nor being the only ones who take care of others, this is why it is vital to universalise the ethics of care. Hence, the need for a right to care, which is already being put forward in the work carried out on constitutional reform. 

With the aim of going further into the topic, redefining the concept and facing all the possible legal problems that may arise from the construction of this new legal element, we would like to continue working as well as counting on the contributions of other experts, which after all is the aim of the Conference.

 

The Conference will distribute the experts’ contributions in four working sessions during two days, 28th and 29th May:

The first session will be dedicated to pinpoint the problem of care as the inspiring principle for the development of a new ethics of care, and its manifestation as a new right to be recognised by our constitutional framework. It will also seek to introduce a legal framework design in order to develop a right to care from the double perspective of caring and being cared for.

The second session intends to reflect the real picture of people with functional diversity who require special care. This space will develop micro lectures in which people with functional diversity, therapists, family members and the experts and institutions that manage dependence aid will present their experiences, difficulties and demands.

The third session’s appeal lies on the fact that it will introduce other models of public policy regarding different types of care, –both informal care and care carried out by public institutions-, the British system and the Italian social care system, to compare to the Spanish model.

In the last session, papers submitted by Conference participants will be presented; there will also be a recollection of contributions and conclusions will be drawn.

 

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