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IWD event Saturday and support petition A Living Wage for Mothers & Other Carers

Dear FriendsWe wanted to invite you to this wonderful International Women’s Week event organised by the Global Women’s Strike who are based at the same women’s centre and who we work closely with. 

We are very glad that this event is honouring and launching an international petition for a living wage for mothers and other carers.   While some of us are students, trans women and increasingly men, most of us, including those of us who are immigrant and asylum seekers are mothers, mostly single mothers.  In countries of the South the vast majority of us are mothers.  We are also grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunties and partners caring for and ensuring the survival of  families and often whole communities.  For this we have never been recognized.

On Saturday we want to include honouring Pauline Campbell who, after her daughter, Sarah, died in Styal prison, dedicated her life to campaigning that no women, including prostitute women be imprisoned.  We also want to honour Lizzie Valad and all those other mothers who have been murdered while working in the sex industry because violent men assume they can get away with taking our lives; because they know the stigma of the prostitution laws denies us police protection  and criminalisation prevents us from working together in safety.

A living wage would give us a real choice in our lives – not to 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.

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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 GWSgws@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.

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  1. Hoping I have addressed this e mail to the right place I would just like to say how much I agreed with Nikki Adams in her interview on R4 this morning. It seems to me that Parliament is heading in the wrong direction trying to outlaw the sale of sex. I would like to assure you that you have at least one supporter in what I believe are your objectives. -me

    Kind regards

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