Press release: March 8, Int’l Survey Asks Mothers and other Caregivers What They Want and Need


Peggy O’Mara  505-699-3909

Nina Lopez  44 20 7482 2496


International Survey Asks Mothers and other Caregivers
What They Want and Need

On Tuesday March 8, 2022, International Women’s Day, the Global Women’s Strike (GWS) will launch an international survey, “What Do Mothers and Caregivers Want?” This event opens a year of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the International Wages for Housework Campaign which coordinates GWS.

          Policy makers and others often assume that childcare and other care services are all that mothers and other caregivers need. But we are never asked what we think of the caring work we do, the resources we have or don’t have, or our relationships with those we care for.

          For the first time unwaged caregivers in different countries and cultures, and of different genders, will be asked for their views on caregiving, the most important work of society. Some of the questions include:

·       How many hours a week do you spend caregiving?

·       Did you get the support you needed to breastfeed?

·       Do you find it hard to have to go out to work when your child or relative is unwell?

·       If you had no financial pressure, would you do the waged job you are doing now?

·       Do you think caring work is a contribution to society that should be paid?

          The webinar that launches this survey will hear from mothers and caregivers from a number of countries, including Argentina, Burma, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, UK and US so far. The webinar will be available in English, Italian, Spanish and Thai.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 @ 8:00am EST  (1pm UTC) 
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Register here: Event will be rebroadcast Tuesday, March 8, 2022 @ 9am PST / 12 noon EST on Facebook Live

Other WFH 50th anniversary events in March (more will be announced later):

March 24: Panel discussion with Selma James, founder of WFH, and Margaret Prescod, co-founder of Black Women for WFH. (online)

March 25: Empowering Women with a Care Income for People and Planet (UN Commission on the Status of Women, online)

March 27: WFH archives: Moving Forward by Looking Back (in person, London and Philadelphia)

For more information on the survey and other anniversary events: