Global Women's Strike in Thailand
GWS Thailand, the Community Women Human Rights Defenders Collective in Thailand, is comprised of grassroots women currently representing nineteen different sectors who are defending family, community and the environment. These sectors include indigenous women, migrant and refugee women, disabled women, urban women from the slums, rural women farmers and women from the conflict zone in the Deep South. Sex workers, garment workers, and those fighting against destruction of natural resources and the environment. They work to protect life, livelihoods and the natural world. The Collective demands a Care Income, and an end to poverty, inequality and State oppression in all forms.
Women and mothers of South Peasants Federation Thailand have said what a Care Income would mean to them as people who care for the family, the community, and the land:
A Care Income would mean:
- Economic liberation .. it would mean being independent from the men
- Now I have to manage to provide for everything on a tiny amount of money. Every single day I have to spend a lot of time thinking and planning how to manage. If I have a care income I can use that all that thinking time to work on public and land rights issues
- Care Income could be housing … a secure place for me and my children
- Land can be a care income as a part of State welfare
- When my elderly mother gets sick and is dying I won’t be able to spend the last precious months or weeks together. Instead, I will have to go out and earn money. A Care Income means I can care for family without having to leave them to do it.
- Women fighting for land, improving environment and for social justice should get all get a care income.
- Caring for the land is about food security as well as caring for the environment. Food security is linked to social justice so women in other social justice struggles also should get a care income as it is all linked.
- Care income would strengthen our voices and our power
- It would allow us to take care of our children and the child is the most precious resource of society
- It would mean I would feel satisfied with society because women and carers would be valued more in society. Our value would be reflected by the care income being what we earn not charity
- A better quality of life for my children and give me opportunity to care for my children better
- I would have savings
- I’d have time to care for my family
- Give me time to help society
- Give me time to learn about economics, society and politics
- Let me help sisters without being limited by my own poverty
- Women would have a have a better role in society
- Time to care for own family and I would get to interact socially with others which is good for mental health
- I’d have time to meet with friends, follow the news, mix in society
- The elderly would be better off so I would have less stress and be able to focus on caring for my own children
- It would reduce the burden on younger women who care for two generations, old and young.
- We can look after ourselves and can fight for land and work on other community problems e.g. solve problem of violent men in family and community
Press statement 29 November 2022 by Community WHRDs Collective in Thailand
Dear Friends, We urgently ask your organisation/ group/ trade union to endorse this statement (below) supporting We Walk…Solidarity in Thailand and demanding that all charges against the peaceful walkers be immediately dropped. On 20/1/2018, 3 teams of 4 people, mostly women, began to separately walk from Bangkok to Khon Kaen, some 450 kilometres, a journey…
Dear friends, URGENT support needed to DROP CHARGES against EIGHT HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS in Thailand Protection International in Thailand is appealing for our immediate action to support eight human rights defenders (HRD), two women and six men, who are being charged with breaching Article 12 which forbids “political gatherings of five or more persons”. The eight…
ACTION ALERT Thailand: defend We Walk Solidarity from repression Hundreds of people have started a 28-day walk from Bangkok to KhonKaen along the Friendship Road (Mitrparb) demanding the return of civil rights and public participation which were taken away three years ago by the military junta. Their peaceful march is facing repression. Act now to…
PRESS RELEASE:Thailand: call to defend We Walk Solidarity marchers from repression Hundreds of people have started a 28-day walk from Bangkok to KhonKaen along the Friendship Road (Mitrparb) demanding the return of civil rights and public participation which were taken away three years ago by the military junta. Their peaceful march is facing repression and…