If you liked the Letter from a Mother to her
Politicians (below), then please sign here
and we are going to present a huge list of people who asks for those things
to politicians. It doesn’t matter if you are a mum, dad, son, nephew… it is
about creating. Let’s do some
noise, make them listen up our social demand, a real pressure.
We are going to take this list of signatures to the
meetings we’ll arrange with politicians at the international organisations as
to national governments through our partners. Which means that, the 10 Political Proposals would be supported by an
enormous number of co-signers.
Since this proposals are not demanded from a bunch of
women, but a massive amount of people all over the world.
You know, sign and join the Letter from a Mother to her Politicians and support the WoW’s 10
Political Proposals. You can also read the letter at the end of this email.
you also help us getting more signatures? You can do it by spreading the
“action” link through your social media and fowarding it to your
contacts, as always.
I put you here the link of the Letter from a Mother
to her Politicians:
And also the link to sign it, to make it easier for you to spread it: http://action.womenworldplatform.com/en/act/join-the-letter-from-a-mother-to-her-politicians
case, I leave you here again the link to the I am a Woman, I am a Mother: 10
Political Proposals document: http://www.womenworldplatform.com/files/20160528211017-10ppeng.pdf
Letter from a mother to her politicians
Dear policy-maker, dear politician,
I am a woman and a mother. And I have a lot to tell
I have worked during many years outside home and now I
devote myself 100% to my family. Since I started working I felt that the entry
of women to the workforce followed a masculine pattern and that has just
brought more difficulties and problems to us women, to society and families as
well. Let me explain myself:
- When I started to work outside
home, I wanted to develop my work as woman, contributing with my feminine being
and unique features for adding them to the male ones from the men whom I worked
with, but my perception was that what they expected from me was to be
completely the “same as men”, underestimating my femininity as a distinctive
input on regard of men, everyone cast in the same mould, losing half of my
- And when I became mother, I had
hard times at my workplace to tell I was pregnant, or any other thing related
to my pregnancy or kids (by the way, I was the only one from all the company
who didn’t get a permanent contract because I requested a reduction in my
working hours). It doesn’t make sense that we have to be acting as if our
children were invisible or pretending that we don’t have kids at all, when motherhood
gives us huge potential and high skills, which are pure gold for our career’s
development and progress.
And the thing is, let’s be honest, that women in Western societies are
discriminated against, not so much for being a woman, but for being a mother.
But I don’t see this issue very complicated, we only need to remake the framework and
adapt the labour market to reality, I mean, to human nature and to life
Take into account that society needs self-confident and happy children, with an adequate
family environment. These are the reasons why mothers are the cornerstone,
and that is the way it is.
Mothers who work outside their homes need working hours’ flexibility without having any trouble or suffering any type of
harassment. It is very simple, just reduce or adapt the working time so that we
can to take care of our own children, do not insist on extending school hours
so that other people must look after them.
It comes to my mind that other option is to open
horizons to labour and business
entrepreneurship from home with incentives and those things; tele-working from the house for at
least some part of the working hours; supporting
part-time contracts with tax benefits so that this doesn’t become a burden
to companies, otherwise it won’t become a reality.
But not all mothers want to, or can work outside home.
Many of us choose to stay at home and
dedicate a 100% to our family. However for some reason this option does not
convince some people, and they have succeeded in making this decision
degrading, condemning into social death all those who, as me, prefer working
inside our houses for our children.
Yet the thing is, I like to be with my kids, actually
is what I love the most, and they enjoy having me around always as well.
To ease this discrimination against and narrow-mindedness,
I suggest to considerate the treatment of the term “exclusive dedication to the
family” as a job category. This would imply, for example, indirect salary
through grants and benefits, pension rights, subsidized sickness and maternity
leave… because full-time mothers who perform unpaid work also are human beings
and we get sick, or have pregnancy complications, etc.… so we need outsource
By the way, it would also be necessary an increase of the widow’s pension for
mothers who dedicate primarily or exclusively to their family. In this case I
believe it’s obvious that a social and public support has to go even beyond the
effort realised in the rest of cases.
And when kids grow older, then mothers wish to get back to the labour market after some years invested
in their families, so the typical situation is produced, when there is no
possible way to find a job because of “lack of experience” or for “an
unproductive long-time period” (unproductive time… really????). Well those
situations need public support for giving tax
benefits to companies that hire these women. And, one thing for sure, with
a special bonus for hiring single mothers, widows or separated women.
To be clear enough, we live in a society which discriminates motherhood, it hides it, it rejects it.
Ironically society needs from its mothers and their children, and has to take
care of them; there is no other way.
Policy-maker, politician, please do whatever it is on
your hand to avoid ideological social
policies that don’t respect feminine identity or discriminate motherhood.