In the school of unemployed, we want to understand the Hartz IV system better. We share, analyze and politicize our everyday experiences in government agencies and develop collective strategies to deal with them.
This time it’s about the situation of poor women*. Why?
Women* are twice as likely to be marginally employed as men, earn less on average and care for relatives more often. Unpaid caregiving and low wages lead to long-term poverty and maintain social inequality.
Which women* are encouraged to have children is organized in a racist and classistic manner. For example, parental benefits only benefit partners who had a high income before the birth of their child. For poor families, parental and child benefit is de facto abolished, as it is fully credited to the Hartz IV standard rate. Dual-earner households are prioritised when it come to places in kindergartens; this increases poor access to childcare for precariously employed mothers*. The “need community” (Bedarfsgemeinschaft) introduced with Hartz IV is another element of family dependency.
These are just a few examples of how the job center and other poverty management institutions are creating and sustaining women’s* poverty.
We invite you to share your unheard and outrageous experiences and your knowledge. We want to know and assert our rights, even if many of them are not made for us. That’s why we do not want to stop here! We want to counter daily adversity with our ideas for a good life and to encourage struggle for alternatives!
BASTA! School means: We learn from each other and develop a common political perspective. Come to the preparatory meeting on the 10th of December at 5 pm.
If you would like to support the school but do not have time on the 10th of December, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The initiative originally came from us women, who counsel and support at Basta. Especially for women* with children or unsecured residence status, the pressure is enormous and the unemployment rate among women is comparatively high.
If you want to learn more about the concept of unemployment, look at our brochure from our first unemployment school 2016.
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