Type of action: Online action
The World March of Women of Mozambique sent this video to join the chain of solidarity to Rana Plaza and denounce the negative impact of transnational companies on the lives of women and communities. Domestic workers, women living with HIV, women working in cross-border informal trade (the muqueristas), women from the National Farmers Union, the Alliance of Women Workers demand respect and an end to violence and exploitation.
The Women’s Forum also held an online meeting in which all these women participated, around the solidarity and issues faced by women workers at this time of pandemic. There was much criticism of the private sector, which is making massive layoffs that they say are the effect of the pandemic but which already had problems managing their businesses. While these businesses remain this way, women working informally are prevented from crossing borders to buy the goods they sell. This work supports families and also moves the local economy.
Now the women are prevented from doing this with their carts and forced to rent together large trucks, the only vehicles that can cross the borders. Customs officers, however, retain the goods, including perishables. And there are women who take out bank loans to rent the trucks. In addition, they are now prevented from taking to the streets and, at the risk of great police repression, occupying public space to make their sales. Confined to their homes, women have problems feeding their families and also face the increase in domestic violence. But they do not stop fighting. “The alternatives that women create are alternatives that serve to improve lives, be it their and their lives or the lives of us all,” they say. And they reaffirm: we resist to live, we march to transform!