GEM-IWG and GEM-EUROPE
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

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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

Spain

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

IAFFE

 

 

 

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

IASS

 

 

 

Baer Bei Holzheuer

Germany

 

 

 

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

Spain

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

Freelance

 

 

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

Independent

 

 

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
Winnipeg

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

Germany

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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