Women and Sustainable Development

Para 247 of the Platform for Action agreed at the UN Forth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995. The fact that environmental degradation results in more work for women, and that eradicating poverty is indispensable to sustainable development, were included after lobbying by the International Women Count Network. The IWCN – with the support of 1,200 Non-Governmental Organizations worldwide – also won a commitment in the Platform for Action to measure and value unwaged work.

The International Women Count Network – organizations and individuals who support measuring and valuing unwaged in satellite accounts of the GDP – in Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, India, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, USA. Co-ordinated by the International Wages for Housework Campaign and International Black Women for Wages for Housework. 

Work of Carers Sorely Needed

An article on the struggle to care in the face of austerity, written by Becka Seglow Hudson of the Global Women’s Strike was responded to last week in a letter, penned by care assistant in an elderly people’s home, Kate Thompson.

”I see examples of excellent care, small acts of kindness, compassionate treatment of those we look after. I am proud of what we do, proud of my colleagues”

Thompson  goes on to say:

“Socially sanctioned self-interest is at the heart of much of what we find so unacceptable […] If you agree, find others that feel the same and join the fightback”

In a conversation with Becka Seglow Hudson, Kate Thompson described the range and complexity of skills care assistants use every day with those in their work. She explained that such vital, highly skilled work should not go so poorly paid and undermined.