2013 Summer Seminar, July 15-18, Krakow, Poland

Feminist economists call for debt moratorium for Greece PDF Print

Resolution of feminist economists gathering at the IAFFE Conference

in Berlin, July 16-18, 2015



We are shocked that the EU institutions and European leaders are imposing on the people of Greece a further program of austerity that will severely undermine the living conditions of women and men and plunge them into a deep crisis of deprivation. This hits Greek women particularly hard as they will have to provide the safety net of last resort through intensified work of taking care of their families, friends and communities.

As feminist economists, as well as many other economists, have stressed over many years, the debt burden is unsustainable, this fact has recently even been acknowledged by the IMF. Thus, the hardship imposed on Greek people will not resolve the problem of its indebtedness, but it will rather worsen the great depression.

The fate of women, men and their families should not be abandoned by EU institutions and politicians and left in the hands of financial powers. The same neoliberal political perspective under the name of “structural adjustments”, has led to enormous sufferings and political instability in Latin America, Asia and Africa. As we know, the vicious circle was only interrupted by a drastic change in political perspective and policies.

Women across Europe, although in different ways according to class, citizenship and ethnicity, have already been disadvantaged by the neoliberal policy of the EU institutions and member state governments. The proposed action against Greece will further damage women’s economic and social status and autonomy in all EU countries.

In addition to jeopardizing the independence and democratic basis of a Member State government, austerity imperils women’s and men’s power to design and implement transformative policies for a sustainable and democratic future that puts women’s and men’s well-being at the center.

Painful lessons of history, especially of the First and Second World War, should never be forgotten. Europe has to be alert to the political and economic dangers that are embedded in this austerity approach. Furthermore, history teaches us that these problems can only be solved by significant debt reduction, as for example in 1953, and by international solidarity and collaboration.

We call upon EU leaders and in particular the government of Germany to come to an agreement with Greece respecting the dignity of Greek people and democratic processes, including

  • an immediate moratorium on Greek government debt and negotiate a write-down of this debt,
  • a progressive fiscal policy that takes into proper account the distribution of income between labour and financial capital; sustains the process of social reproduction that enables women and men, in their life cycle, to live and work with dignity; promotes the creation of high-quality jobs, aiming at a substantial reduction of working hours for all, and investment in public services and care infrastructure.

Berlin, 19 July 2015

Signed by*

Agata Chelstowska

Institute of Public Affairs, University of Warsaw, Poland

Alena Krizkova

Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Alicia del Olmo

Alina Sobotta

IEHPA, Spain

Student, Germany




Amaia Perez Orozco

Eje de Economia Feminista, Spain


Amparo Garica

Annet Adong

Anni Donaldson

Anupama Uppal


Economic Policy Research Center, Makerere University, Uganda

Scottish Women’s Budget Group, Scotland

Punjabi University, India



Ana Sanchez

Eje de Precariedad y Economic Feminista, Madrid, Spain


Andrea Collins





Angela O'Hagan

Glasgow Caledonian University and Scottish Women’s Budget Group, Scotland


Anna Zachorowska

GEM-Europe, Jagiellonian University, Poland



Antje Schrupp

Publicist, Germany



Antonella Picchio

Center for Analysis of Public Policy, Department of Economics, Modena, Italy

Ariane Götz





Baer Bei Holzheuer





Barbara Hopkins

Wright State University, USA



Bilge Erten

Northeastern University, USA



Bina Agarwal

Birgit Erbe

Brenda Boonabaara

University of Manchester, UK

Frauenakademie München, Germany

Makerere University, Uganda



Caitlin Kieran





Carla Dohmewirth

Independent Researcher, Germany




Carlo D’Ippoliti

Sapienza University, Rome, Italy


Carmen Castro

Carmen Diana Deere


University of Florida, USA



Carol Frances

Independent, USA



Cassandra Guamri

University of California, USA



Catharina Schmitz

Indevelop, Sweden



Christa Schlager

Beigewum, Austria



Christine Curley

Colorado State University, USA



Clair Brown

Clara M. Park

Corina Rodriguez Enriquez

University of California, Berkeley, USA

International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands

DAWN-GEM LAC, Argentina



Danislava Marinova

David Kucera

Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany

ILO, Geneva, Switzerland




Değer Eryar

Diane Elson

İzmir University of Economics, Turkey

Essex University, UK



Dorene Isenberg

Doris Weichselbaumer

University of Redlands, CA, USA

Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria


Drucilla Barker

University of South Carolina, USA



Ebru Kongar

Dickinson College, USA



Eirini Petratou

Leeds University, Business School, UK


Elaine McCrate

University of Vermont, USA



Elisabeth Klatzer

Femmes Fiscales, Austria




Elizabeth Stiefel

Köln Agenda, Germany




Emel Memiş

Emily Thomson

Ankara University, Turkey

Glasgow Caledonian University, UK


Emmanuel Petit

Bordeaux University, France



Erofili Graspa

University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa


Eugenia Correa

Mexico National University, Mexico


Ewa Ruminiska-Zimny

GEM-Europe, Polish Academy of Science and Congress of Polish Women, Poland

Farida C. Khan

Felizitas Sagebiel

University of Wisconsin-Parkside, USA

University of Wuppertal, Germany



Fiona Carmichael

University of Birmingham, UK



Fırat Cengiz

University of Liverpool, UK



Francesca Bettio

Francisca Pereyra

Ingenere Editorial Board

Universidad Nacional General Sarmiento, Argentina

Francisco Cos

LSE Gender Institute Alumni, UK


Gary Dymski

Leeds University, Business School, UK


Geert Dhondt

Giovanna De Giusti

John Jay College, The City University of New York, USA

Maseno University, Kenya



Gloria Alarcón


Gulay Gunluk-Senesen


Günseli Berik

University of Murcia, Spain


Istanbul University   Turkey


University of Utah, USA



Haris Gazdar

Collective For Social Science Research, Pakistan


Hasan Tekgüç

Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey



Heidi Hartmann

George Washington University, USA



Ida A. Mirzaie

Idoye Zabala

Indira Hirway

Ohio State University, USA

University of Bask Country, Spain

Centre for Development Alternatives, Ahmedabad, India

İpek İlkkaracan

GEM-Europe, KEIG and Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


Ina Praetorius




Indira Hirway


Inge Stemmler


IIrina Kalabichina

Centre for Development  Alternatives


Gender Budgeting Promotion Foundations, Netherlands


Moscow State University, Russia




Jayati Ghosh

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India


Jayoung Yoon

Korea Labor Institute, Korea



Jen Broadhurst

Glasgow Caledonian University, UK


Jennifer Olmsted

Drew University, USA



Jennifer Twyman





Jerome de Henau

Open University, UK



Jhon J. Mon





Joan Hoffman

John Davis

Joelle Leclaire

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, USA

Marquette University, WI, USA

Suny Bufallo State, USA



Jooyeoun Sun

University of Oxford - Center for Time-use Research, UK

Joyce Jacobson

Wesleyan University, USA



Judy Robinson

Julia Schuster

Castleton University, VT, USA

Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria


Juliet Allen





Kade Finnoff

Kanchana Ruwanpura

University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

University of Edinburgh, UK



Karin Hovde

Katrien von Aelst

Centre for gender equality, Norway

University of Antwerp, Belgium



Katrin Schneider




Kazuyo Yamada

Chiga University, Japan



Kate Bahn

The New School for Social Research, USA


Kijong Kim

Kimberly Christensen

Kimie Kondo

Levy Economics Institute of Bard College; USA

Sarah Lawrence College, NY,  USA

Osaka Pretecture University, Japan


Kumiko Ida

Osaka Pretecture University, Japan


Lisa Alano

University of Amsterdam




Lourdes Beneria

Cornell University, USA



Lee Badgett

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA


Lucia Perez Fragoso

Equidad de Genero AC and GEM-LAC, Mexico


Lynn Duggan

Maja Bosnic

Indiana University, USA

Gender Budgeting Project, Ukraine


Malee Sunpuwan

Mahidol University, Thailand






Manuelita Mancini

Manuel (Butch) Montes

Ingenere Editorial Board, Italy

The South Centre, Geneva, Swizterland



Marcella Corsi

Margunn Bjørnholt

Mariella Gramaglia

Maria Dolores Martinez Senano

Ingenere Editorial Board, Italy

Policy and Social Research, Oslo

Ingenere Editorial Board, Italy

University of Murcia, Spain



Maria Letzgus

Maria Laura Di Tommaso

Independent Researcher

University of Torino, Italy



Mariama Williams

GEM- LAC and Caribbean Dawn


Mariko Adachi

Ochanomizu University, Japan



Marilyn Power

Marion Boeker

Marjorie Griffin Cohen

Marsha Scott

Marta Murray-Close

Sarah Lawrence College, NY, USA

Beratung für Menschenrechte & Genderfragen, Berlin

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Scottish Women’s Budget Group

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA


Martha MacDonald

Saint Mary's University, Canada


Mary King

Marya Hillesland

Marzia Fontana

Portland State University

Independent Researcher, Germany

Independent, UK



Maxine Molyneux

University College London, UK



Meltem Arıoğlu Pultar

KEIG Platform, Istanbul, Turkey



Mike Danson

Monica Das

Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

Delhi University, India



Myra H. Strober

Stanford University, USA



Naila Kabeer

London School of Economics, UK




Nancy Ettlinger

Nancy Folbre

Ohio State University, USA

Political Economy Research Institution, UMass, Amherst, USA

Nata Duvvury

NUI Galway, Ireland




Neha Hui

University of Reading, UK



Nelly-Eleni Pavlidou

Nina Banks

Nilüfer Çağatay

Aristotle University of Thesaaloniki, Greece

Bucknell University, USA

GEM-IWG, GEM-Europe and University of Utah, USA



Nitasha Kaul

Nobako Hara

University of Westminster, UK

Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan



Norma Schmitt

DIW, Berlin, Germany




Nuria Alonso

Olagoke Akintola

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa



Paola Cagna


Paula Cirujano


Peter Mburu

UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Switzerland

IEHPA, Spain


University of Nairobi – ICIDE, Kenya



Prue Hyman

Radka Dudova

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Radhika Balakrishnan

Radhika Desai

Randy Albelda

Rutgers University, USA

Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba

UMass, Boston, USA



Regenia Gagnier

Renata Moreno

University of Exeter, UK

SOF-USP, Brazil




Renata Serra

University of Florida, USA



Rhys Jenkins

University of East Anglia, UK



Rihab Khalifa

United Arab Emirates University, UAE




Rita Heq





Roberta Carlini

Rosalba Todaro

Ingenere Editorial Board

Centro de Estudios de la Mujer, Santiago, Chile


Ruth Pearson

University of Leeds, UK




S. Charusheela

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

Sanjukta Chaudhuri

Sara Cantillon

University of Washington, Bothell, USA

The New School for Social Research, NY, USA

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, USA

Glasgow Caledonian University, UK



Sara Davisac

New York University, NY, USA



Sara Lafuente Funes

CSIC-Spanish National Research Council, Spain

Şemsa Özar

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Turkey



Serena Natile

University of Kent, UK



Santosh Nandal

M.D. University Rohtak, India


Shaianne Osterreich

Sheba Tejani

Ithaca College, CT, USA

The New School for Social Research, NY, USA



Sheila Quinn

Silke Steinhilber

Independent Gender Researcher, Ireland

Research, Evaluation and Capacity Development for Gender Equality, Germany




Silvia Berger

Ministerio de Economía Buenos Aires, Argentina




Smita Ramnarain

Siena College, USA



Smriti Rao

Soledad Salvador

Assumption College Worcester, MA, USA

Ciedur, Uruguay



Soma KP

Srinivas Raghavendra

Gender, Development and Livelihoods, New Delhi, India

National University of Ireland, Ireland


Stephanie Seguino

Sucharita Sinha Mukherjee

Susan Himmelweit

Susanne Ross

Suzanne Bergeron

Tamar Khitarishvili

Tamaradee Kuumya

University of Vermont and SOAS, London

Saint John’s University, Minnesota, USA

Open University, UK

Queen Margaret University, Scotland

University of Michigan Dearborn

Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, NY, USA

Kasetsart University, Thailand


Thalia G. Kidder

Oxfam, UK




Thera van Ocsh

Foundation for the Economy of Care, Netherlands


Thomas Masterson

Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, USA

Tomoko Nakahara

Kobe University, Japan



Tindara Addabbo

Tülây Atay-Avşar

Ulla Grapard

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi, Antakya-Hatay, Turkey

Colgate University, USA




Uma Rani

Ursula Haggard-Mlynarek

Usa Kukuo

International Labour Organisation, Geneva

Service Employees International Union, Local 73, Illinois, USA

University of Amsterdam



Valeria Esquivel

UNRISD, Geneva, Switzerland



Valentine M. Moghadam

Northeastern University, USA



Vanda Narciso

University of Leeds, UK



Vicky Grandon

Wendy Olsen

Scottish Women’s Budget Group

University of Manchester, UK



Yana Rodgers

Yasmine Ergas

Yayoi Sugihashi

Rutgers University, NJ, USA

Ingenere Editorial Board, Italy

Kanazawa University, Japan


Yelda Yücel

Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey



Yolanda Jubeto

University of Basque Country, Spain



Yves Jeanrenaud

Zofia Lapniewska


London School of Economics, UK


Zohreh Emami

Zuzana Uhde

Alverno College, USA

The Czech Academy of Sciences


* Affiliations of signatories are for identification purposes only, and do not necessarily represent endorsement of the statement by the organization.



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