A Women’s Human Rights Agenda for the G8: Public Services

On May 18, leaders of the world’s eight largest economies (the G8) will gather at Camp David, a walled-off retreat reserved for the US President and his guests. There, they will make decisions that will affect all of us, no matter where we live.

But women’s human rights advocates refuse to be ignored. We are putting forward our own G8 agenda. We need your input to craft it.

Every day, we’ll be addressing the priorities that should be on the G8 agenda. We’re asking you to submit your comments, concerns and suggestions. Together, we can craft an agenda that voices the demands of women’s human rights advocates around the world.

Today, we’re looking at Public Services:

This Is the Reality:

Rampant Privatization: G8 policies have embraced privatization of public goods, including basic services like electricity and water.

Extreme Austerity: In the wake of global financial crises, many governments are still struggling. But they are foisting the worst sacrifices on those least to blame, by slashing public services. In Greece, drastic austerity programs have reduced living standards by 30%.

This Is Our Vision. Women Demand G8 Policies That:

Reserve basic necessities like water as public goods to be managed locally and democratically.

Invest in public services that sustain people through crisis.

Add your voice here.

Photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib

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