The Basic Income We Want Campaign gathered information about more than a thousand single mothers who have not been able to access emergency aid and have gone through the pandemic without support since the beginning of the health crisis.
“Effectively today in Brazil, we have many single mothers who don’t know what they’re going to give their children to eat because they don’t have emergency aid,” he told the Brazil in fact, the Institutional Relations director of the Brazilian Basic Income Network, Paola Carvalho, who is also one of the member organizations of the Basic Income We Want Campaign.
Carvalho stated that the movement has been pointing since last year to the complaints of single mothers who do not receive the benefit. “We needed to find a way to make the government work based on our denunciations. Whether by collective process, by denunciations in the press or by technical reports pointing to this scenario. That’s why we started to systematize these denunciations,” stated Carvalho.
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The perception is that the problems of implementing the benefit affect mothers who raise their children alone even more cruelly.
The campaign has received hundreds of reports that confirm the scenario. There are cases of women who received amounts below what they are entitled to, and even situations in which the benefit was blocked or suspended and situations in which they have their registration pending for months.
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Federal Deputy Fernanda Melchionna (PSOL-RS) stated that in addition to the existence of single mothers who had access to emergency aid denied or blocked, those who receive it get a “little value” in view of the increase in prices.
“It is an absolutely insufficient amount at a time when the pandemic has not stopped. The pandemic follows. And unemployment and discouragement, especially in the case of women? It is the smallest participation of women in the Economically Active Population (EAP) since the 1980s. It is a giant setback”, said the congressman.
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For the group organizing the campaign, these cases need to be urgently reviewed and corrected. In addition, there is a demand for opening a communication and contesting channel, with the possibility of forwarding documents to facilitate communication with the Ministry of Citizenship. To ask the government to take action, the movement sent a letter to the folder
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