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Mama Cash supports groups and movements of women, girls, trans and intersex people around the world that are fighting for recognition and respect for their labour and livelihoods.

They are insisting that their work be recognised and counted as work. They are securing fair pay, decent working conditions and an end to workplace violence. They are demanding access to, control over and protection of resources like land, water and forests on which we all depend. They are the frontline defenders of this precious planet we call home.

Women, girls, trans and intersex people deserve to have control over decision-making processes that affect their lives. And they are claiming this right. Mama Cash supports them as they organise and mobilise to advance economic justice and transform society.

Short-changed

Around the world, women, girls and trans people are far more likely to live in poverty. Their work is unrecognised, devalued and inadequately paid. Their livelihoods and the natural world around them are under severe threat. Large-scale development projects put their lands, their forests, their rivers and their lives at risk. When women’s, girls’ and trans people’s access to economic and natural resources are limited, so too are their life choices. It impairs their safety, health and well-being.

But change is underway. Women’s, girls’ and trans rights groups are fiercely challenging the inequalities in today’s economic system. In some cases it is a fight for survival. In all cases it is a fight for dignity and respect.

Demanding dignity

Mama Cash supports groups working to challenge behaviours and norms, strengthen laws and policies, and secure access to resources and participation in decision-making. Women garment workers are organising for better wages. Indigenous feminist activists are preventing environmental harm. Women farmers are calling for more sustainable approaches to growing our food. Sex workers are changing the way people perceive what counts as work. Domestic and home-based workers are changing laws that have excluded them from vital social protections, like pensions and unemployment insurance.

The groups we support are pursuing a bold feminist vision of economic justice. They are developing innovative new ways to reorganise the world of work. They are offering alternatives that can replace current models that perpetuate inequality and the unsustainable exploitation of nature. They are showing us that feminist activism works!