International Women’s Week & Mothering Sunday
Sat 12 March 2011 w All welcome
Assemble 12 noon: Trafalgar Square (north side)
Speak-out 2pm: Room G2, SOAS, London
School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh St, WC1H OXG
Invest in caring not killing
For Everyone’s SURVIVAL & WELFARE
End Cuts, Poverty & Discrimination
WOMEN, MEN, YOUNG, OLD BRING YOUR DEMANDS!
Why a Mothers March? Because:
Mothers produce and care for the world’s people, while brutal market forces destroy us and our planet.
Mothers’ basic contribution to survival and welfare is unrecognised and unpaid.
· Governments invest in weapons of war, banks and corporations. Feeding, housing, health, support, education, the environment – they couldn’t care less.
Our young people are victimised for defending everyone’s right to education.
Everywhere people are risking their lives to bring change – from Palestine to Egypt, from Haiti to Colombia, from Kashmir to Congo and Nigeria …
Why march with us? Because:
Most women do caring work, whether we’re mothers or not.
We’re all being robbed of benefits and services our labour and taxes paid for.
We’re thrown out of jobs or made to work harder for less.
Mothers can help bring together all who stand for life, against war & exploitation.
Everyone’s contribution and struggle must be counted and supported.
Fathers, sons, brothers, partners . . . it’s time to show your support.
Mothers March in Guyana, Haiti, India, Peru, the US.
ASK ORGANISATIONS TO ENDORSE THE MARCH
The Global Women’s Strike is an international network for recognition & payment for all caring work, and for military spending to go back to the community starting with women the main carers.
Why I’ll be marching:
- ‘My daughter has a life threatening disability. Mothers like me get no respite. They are even pushing us to go out to work. We are heading for disaster.’
- ‘It’s frightening to raise children in a world where they are not valued.’
- ‘Asylum seekers were cut first. No recourse to public funds, food vouchers, destitution. That’s what they intend for everyone.’
- ‘We run a small health food shop. Times are hard. My oldest child is losing his EMA. I don’t know how we’ll manage.’
- ‘We use the library all the time, for revision, books and films for holidays.’
- ‘Women are not believed. I was raped, accused of lying and jailed.’
- ‘Legal aid enabled me to sue the police for assault and wrongful arrest. Without it only the rich can afford justice.’
- ‘Mums of young children are treated as “workless”. When I was on Income Support I could be available to my son.’
- ‘After a life of labour, pensioners are told living longer is an economic crisis.’
- ‘Grandparents are expected to step in. We’re also expected to retire later.’
- ‘After school clubs are closing. Children are “collateral damage” for the cuts.’
- ‘I was tortured and claimed asylum. My children weren’t allowed to join me. I worry about them terribly.’
- ‘My partner was violent. I reported him and social services took my children. Why punish us?’
- ‘We share our house with others to reduce costs. Cuts in housing benefit will make it impossible, especially in London.’
- ‘I went into sex work to support my kid and pay for my degree.’
- ‘People are told to blame “others” for the cuts. Racist attacks go up, bullying, against immigrants, disabled people, lesbians, gays, trans. It’s scary.’
- ‘Child Benefit should be universal. Kids should see they and their mums are valued. Means testing stigmatises; many kids hide they’re on school meals.’
- ‘Young people want to find their own way to activities. Without out-of-school clubs, sports, music . . . we are impoverished.’
- ‘Flooding, drought. Now they want to take our forests. They don’t respect anything.’
Global Women’s Strike international demands:
Payment for all caring work – in wages, pensions, land & other resources. What is more valuable than raising children & caring for others? Invest in life & welfare, not military budgets & prisons.
Pay equity for all, women & men, in the global market.
Food security for breastfeeding mothers, paid maternity leave and maternity breaks. Stop penalizing us for being women.
Don’t pay ‘Third World debt’. We owe nothing, they owe us.
Accessible clean water, healthcare, housing, transport, literacy.
Non-polluting energy & technology which shortens the hours we work. We all need cookers, fridges, washing machines, computers, & time off!
Protection & asylum from all violence & persecution, including by family members & people in positions of authority.
Freedom of movement. Capital travels freely, why not people?
Access on the day
Sign language interpreters – Leah Hall and Sue MacLaine
Meet 12 noon at Trafalgar Square WC2 (north side by the National Gallery). Accessible loos and a café in Trafalgar Square.
Wheelchair accessible minibus along the march route – please let us know if you require a wheelchair space or seat on the minibus.
Parking near Trafalgar Square: the disabled bays by Trafalgar Square are likely to be suspended but can be used as a drop-off point. The Blue Badge is not recognised in Westminster for yellow line parking, restrictions apply. http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/transportandstreets/parking/disabledparking/
Room G2 SOAS: Main entrance has ramp. Room G2 is on ground floor. Platform lift inside G2 down to floor of hall. Accessible loo on ground floor and other floors.
Parking near SOAS: We hope to arrange some parking on the university campus. Blue Badge holders get one hour free in Pay & Display bays if you pay something to start it off. The Blue Badge is not recognised in Camden’s Green Badge zone south of Euston Road. Parking restrictions are in force until 8.30pm.
Please contact us for more info 020 7482 2496 (voice and minicom) or email@example.com