Portugal

Date: April 24, 2020
Location: Portugal
Type of action: Online action

In Portugal, the march promoted actions on social networks and issued a statement on the 24 hours of Feminist Solidarity. “In times of COVID-19, we know well that the ‘essential’ thing is to clean, nourish, care for, treat, educate. Produce food, bring and take essential goods, inform, organize wills, diagnose, seek solutions and treatments. It has become clearer what are the essential jobs for life: care (paid or unpaid), food production and all the daily jobs, often invisible, that ensure that life goes on. And, as feminist critics have reminded us, this is work done mainly by women: some of it, unpaid, is done in families and in the communities closest to them; some of it, often poorly paid, in precarious conditions, without rights. In other words, work essential to life is what has allowed our existence but has been made invisible, devalued and carried out at the expense of the oppression of women and other carers.

But we also learn that (our) work may even be essential to the economy, but we cannot stop, even at the risk of our health and our lives. Therein lies a strange choice of priorities: while it is our work that sustains the economy, it is not our health, our lives, the common good that matters. Many companies have not stopped, not guaranteeing minimum safety conditions or, even more cruelly, paid leave for sick workers. Many companies make the same demands of people who work remotely, regardless of the concrete changes in everyday life, homes that are schools and workplaces, compressing time and space and increasing the need for domestic and care work, especially for women. Against the dictatorship of profit, we resist for a dignified life”.