Tuesday, October 8, 2013

What do the Madres Comunitarias Want?

Madres Comunitarias protesting today on the steps of Congress on Plaza Bolivar. 
 The Madres Comunitarias, women who take care of neighborhood children in their homes, have been protesting for months. But, during the last several days, many have gone on strike, and today groups of madres occupied churches across the country.

Nationwide, there are almost 80,000 Madres Comunitarias, who are employees of the ICBF, the Colombian Institute for Famly Wellbeing. They turn their homes into neighborhood day cares, generally in poor areas. But they complain that their pay is poor, while their responsibilities are great, that their jobs are informal and that they do not receive pensions, even after decades of work.

Blowing the horn for Madres' rights.

Santander is pesent!

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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