CARE INCOME NOW

Our demand for a care income for mothers and other carers presumes that human beings and all life on earth must become the aim of every policy and development. It is an anticapitalist perspective. 

As climate justice campaigners who have contributed to the Green New Deal for Europe we are calling for a global Care Income for all who do the work of caring for people, the urban and rural environment and the natural world. Regenerating the soil is crucial to halting and reversing climate change. 

The caring work women do produces and reproduces the workforce, in fact the whole human race. It should be a source of power for women. Instead it is used to exploit and impoverish us. To escape poverty and financial dependence, women have fought to enter jobs and careers previously reserved for men. Some have risen in the capitalist hierarchy but most have not, especially mothers, so we are still the poorer sex.

The status of caring work – vital to survival and wellbeing – has hardly changed. It is still unpaid or low paid. Some of the financial recognition mothers had won – welfare, Family Allowance / Child Benefit, Income Support has been rolled back.

Open Letter to Goverments: A Care Income Now!

Every day and in every emergency, unwaged or low waged caregivers, urban and rural, mostly women, often immigrant women, struggle to protect and care for people of every age and condition. But this work is kept invisible and therefore there is never a relief package from governments for caregivers, only more work, especially with the advent of Covid-19.

In 1980, the ILO estimated that women did 2/3 of the world’s work for 5% of its income. Today women and girls do more than three-quarters of all unpaid care work – a total of 12.5 billion hours a day.

The coronavirus pandemic came on top of the climate pandemic, the poverty pandemic, the war pandemic and the rape and domestic violence pandemics which have hit single mother families, ill, disabled and older people hardest. It is exposing weaknesses in our ability to resist and survive physically and financially – from immune systems already compromised by poverty, discrimination, pollution, war, occupation, displacement and other violence to inadequate healthcare and inadequate incomes, especially in the Global South, in communities of colour in the North, and among refugees everywhere.

In response to the virus, country after country has been shut down – from workplaces to schools and transport – and proposals to replace lost wages are being debated. These drastic measures show that governments can take swift action and find money to deal with “emergencies” – if they want to. At this critical moment, we must insist collectively on what we need. We fear that governments may use increased emergency powers to transfer wealth from taxpayers to corporations, and even impose further controls, surveillance and restrictions on our movements and our lives well after this pandemic is over.

The market values unwaged work at $10.8 trillion but never suggests that women should get any of it. Instead we are advised to get an education and a better paid job. We of course have a right to that. But it does not deal with the indispensable work of life and survival – from breastfeeding to elder care. Only increasing the status, power and income of caregivers can do that.

In the 80s, the Women Count – Count Women’s Work petition issued by the International Wages for Housework Campaign gave voice of a hidden mass movement for recognition of this work. It was signed by 1,200 organizations representing millions of women worldwide, resulting in the 1995 UN decision that governments measure and value unwaged work in national accounts.

The Green New Deal for Europe takes this forward. It looks at what work is needed for social and environmental wellbeing, and what work is not, and proposes a Care Income as a key part of its programme for climate justice. At last protecting people and protecting the Earth can be equated and prioritized over the uncaring market – a major step in transforming the world and saving it. We need this everywhere.

We demand a CARE INCOME across the planet for all those, of every gender, who care for people, the urban and rural environment, and the natural world.

 

Signed and created by:

Global Women’s Strike,

Women of Colour GWS and,

Green New Deal for Europe

Our Time is Now by Selma James is available to buy.

Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class and Caring for People & Planet by Selma James

Selma James makes the powerful argument that the climate justice movement can draw on all the movements’ people have formed to refuse their particular exploitation, to destroy the capitalist hierarchy that is destroying the world. Our time is now.

Post Launch Flyer v2

What do Mothers and Caregivers want? Fill in the survey here...

There is an assumption that childcare or elder care is all women need. But, we are never asked what we think about how we spend our time and the resources we have / don't have. This survey is being circulated in different countries and languages. Click here to join the discussion or click on the button below.

What do Mothers and Caregivers want? The launch and webinar, March 2022. 

There is an assumption that childcare or elder care is all women need. But, we are never asked what we think about how we spend our time and the resources we have / don't have. This survey is being circulated in different countries and languages. Click here to join the discussion or click on the button below.

The Value of Caregiving

Women in Dialogue facilitate an international discussion : From Coronavirus to Beyond: VALUING CAREGIVING. The workshop we planned for the 64th UN Commission on the Status of Women has even more urgency now as the global pandemic has exposed how central caregiving is to life and survival, and how much caregivers are relied on for services governments are not providing. But where is the relief package for caregivers?

Event: meet Selma James – the celebrated author & campaigner

By Global Women's Strike | 9th December 2022

Dear friends, You are welcome to come and meet the celebrated author and campaigner Selma James on Thursday, 15 December, 5pm at our local Kentish Town Library, NW5 2AA.  Selma will speak about her latest anthology Our Time is Now – Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet, followed by discussion.Please RSVP.

Nadja News: Ten times women’s unpaid care work was recognised in history.

By Global Women's Strike | 7th December 2022

Cooking, cleaning, gathering food and water, and caring for children and the elderly are vital for families and societies. Yet this work, performed by women 75% of the time, has seldom been given the recognition it deserves, creating huge inequality around the world. Here are ten times unpaid care work has been recognised for what it…

Press statement: Women Human Rights Defenders collective in Thailand amplify demands to goverment.

By Global Women's Strike | 7th December 2022

On the occasion of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day we, Community WHRDs Collective in Thailand gather to restate and amplify our demands first submitted to three Parliamentary Committees to mark International WHRD Day, 21 November 2019.  We re-affirm that the 2017 Constitution is not fit for purpose and must be replaced. It must be…

Call to action: #CTC Social Media Storm: Calling on Congress to Reinstate the Child Tax Credit Now! December 7th.

By Global Women's Strike | 7th December 2022

It’s URGENT that Congress members extend the expanded refundable Child Tax Credit before 2022 comes to a close. US Census data shows that child poverty was cut 46% to a record low of 5.2% in 2021, mostly due to the expanded Child Tax Credit. But Congress did not extend the CTC when it ended in December…

Event : Black Women’s Lives Count: Reclaiming Our Sisters Everywhere.

By Global Women's Strike | 7th December 2022

Support a permanent memorial for South Los Angeles victims of serial murders. ONLINE Thursday, December 8, 2022 3:30pm PST / 5:30pm CST / 6:30pm ESTRegister at https://bit.ly/rosesladec8 Event organized by Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial MurdersDonate: http://rosesouthla.org/donate  For more info: http://rosesouthla.org/contact-us.

Event : Hear Selma James speak at KPFA’s Letters & Politics, on Hookers in the House of the Lord

By Global Women's Strike | 7th December 2022

Tune in to KPFA on Monday, December 5, to Letters and Politics with Mitch Jeserich for an interview with Selma James of the Global Women’s Strike. The interview will be aired at either 10.08am or 10:30. Selma will speak about the historic 1982 occupation of the Holy Cross Church by sex workers in London. She was their spokeswoman at…

Event: An initial dialogue on Care Income

By Global Women's Strike | 28th November 2022

Haitian women mobilize against government violence

By Global Women's Strike | 28th November 2022

Powerful statement by Haitian women taking to the streets against government violence and massacres.  Please share widely. https://peoplesdispatch.org/2022/11/24/haitian-women-to-mobilize-on-november-25-against-political-violence/ Haitian women mobilize on November 25 against political violence Amid an increase in political violence and human rights violations, Haitian women of all backgrounds denounce violence against women by the governments of Ariel Henry and his Dominican…

Ham & High podcast : Selma James speaks about the campaign’s success, initial resistance from feminists, and how, if at all, things have improved for women and unpaid carers across the world. 

By Global Women's Strike | 23rd November 2022

https://podfollow.com/hamhigh/episode/4c268891beb680672a3aa2e7b9997926a1876ca0/view

Upcoming Event : Resistance Exhibition – Day of Workshops and Talks – Saturday 12 November.

By Global Women's Strike | 9th November 2022

Event organised by Stonehenge Heritage Action Group, Global Women’s Strike and Resistance Exhibition Address : Black Door, Soho Studios, 17-19 Archer Street, London, W1D 7, United Kingdom. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞: 𝟐𝒑𝒎: 𝑮𝒍𝒐𝒃𝒂𝒍 𝑾𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏’𝒔 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒌𝒆: 𝟓𝟎 𝒀𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑶𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑨𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒔 𝑺𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒔 𝟑.𝟑𝟎𝒑𝒎: ‘𝑲𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑬𝒏𝒆𝒎𝒚’ 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑪𝒐𝒓𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉 𝟓𝒑𝒎: 𝑹𝒐𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆! 𝑷𝒂𝒏𝒆𝒍 𝑫𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 fellow 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬:  𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡:…