New York, NY. Home-based caregiver and grassroots woman leader Violet Shivutse makes a strong case for why organized groups of grassroots caregivers must be directly involved in the CSW Agreed Conclusions process.
This is the transcript of her presentation at the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) review theme panel on “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS” delivered on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
In 2009, caregiving was brought to the forefront in global discussions at the Commission on the Status of Women. After approving the Agreed Conclusions, governments went home and started various processes and plans to scale up caregiving.
In many countries in Africa, our governments with the big global health initiatives supported many plans to address caregiving in the context of HIV. There has been remuneration of caregivers, creation of titles meant to suit the work of caregiving like community health workers, home visitors and health extension workers. Some even have come up with kinds of stipends, very minimal like 20 USD a month, and only given to some caregivers, like 50 out of 2000 women working as caregivers in a given community.