Event: Sex workers support a Living Wage for Mothers

Dear Friends

We wanted to invite you to this wonderful International Women’s Week event organised by the Global Women’s Strike.

We are glad that this event is honouring mothers and launching an international petition for a living wage for mothers and other carers.   While some of us are students, trans and men, most of us, including those of us who are immigrant and asylum seekers are mothers, mostly single mothers.  We are also grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunties and partners caring for and ensuring the survival of  families and often whole communities.  This vital contribution by sex workers is rarely recognised.

On Saturday, among other women, we want to honour Pauline Campbell, a campaigner against imprisonment who joined the Safety First Coalition for the decriminalisation of prostitution, after her daughter Sarah tragically died in Styal prison. We also want to honour Lizzie, killed by the Camden Ripper along with the many other sex workers who have lost their lives at the hands of people who take advantage of our illegality and the way the prostitution laws force us into isolation and greater danger.

A living wage would give us a more choices – to work less, to take fewer risks, to not have to go into prostitution in the first place and to be able to get out if we want to.  It’s about time.  We very much hope you will come and join us on this important occasion.

 

Petition to ALL governments

A living wage for mothers and other carers

We demand a living wage for mothers and other carers because:

  • Every worker is entitled to a living wage. Women do 2/3 of the world’s work – in the home, on the land and in the community – but most of this work is unwaged.
  • Women are the primary carers everywhere in the world, fighting for the survival and well-being of children and sick, disabled and elderly people, in the home and outside, in peace as in war. Women grow most of the world’s food.
  • Most carers, starting with mothers, get no wages and aren’t considered workers.
  • Many carers are themselves disabled; many are children caring for younger ones or for their disabled parents; many are grandparents leaving retirement to care for their children’s children.
  • Caring is demanding work but the skills it requires are undervalued even in the job market – domestic work, homecare, childcare and even nursing are low paid.
  • Valuing caring work would help to close the income gap between women and men. It would also draw more men into caring.
  • Financial dependence when caring work is unwaged often traps women in violent relationships.
  • Many mothers do several jobs and have to fit time with their children around their job – this is exhausting and stressful for all.
  • When mothers are impoverished and overworked, children suffer: hunger, ill-health, violence and exploitation.
  • Mothers who have to return to other work soon after childbirth are less likely to breastfeed.
  • Workers who take time off to care for children or other loved ones, lose pay, promotion, social security and future pension.
  • Devaluing caring work devalues people, relationships and life itself.
  • Investing in carers redirects economic and social policies towards survival, health and well-being – for every individual and for the planet which sustains us all.

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Issued by: Global Women’s Strike (GWS) ● Women of Colour in GWS gws@globalwomenstrike.net  www.globalwomenstrike.net  020 7482 2496
Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, NW5 2DX

The list of endorsers is being compiled and will be launched on 14 March and regularly updated after that. First endorsers in the UK: Single Mothers’ Self-Defence ● WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities) ● Payday men’s network ● Mothers at Home Matter ● John McDonnell MP ● Greg Philo (Glasgow Media Group) ● International Prostitutes Collective ● Legal Action for Women Mammas Community Breastfeeding Support Project Queer Strike ● Women Against Rape . . . Signatories for an earlier version included Martina Navratilova.