Global Care Chains

People have to move away from their home country for either leisure or work, this being for choice or the need due to financial difficulties. For those of the unfortunate who need to move to support their financial stability, is usually resulted in leaving their family and friends, this is usually within the poorer countries. It is a sad situation, that still in the 2tst century, people are in this position. When thinking about these situations it makes me reflect on my own life and how well I have it, it also makes me feel disappointed in myself as I take a lot of things for granted such as shelter, warmth, food and water on tap.

Although working away is beneficial towards your family as you are earning an income to help support them, it can bring negatives such as no one being there to care for the children while you are not there. This is when Global Care Chain comes in. After reading an article by Nicola Yates, I have gained a deeper knowledge on what Global Care Chain is and the negative and positive affects it has on the families involved. It expresses the massive difference between the rich and the poor across the world. Addressing that the top of the care chain is someone who is rich enough to pay someone to look after their children whilst, in some cases, they go to be involved in leisure activities rather than work commitments, and the bottom of the care chain can result in unpaid work or care. Most, if not all, people involved in this chain are women. I may be looking at this from a feminist point of view, however, when it results in the care of families the pressure is always on women and the men get off lightly. Why can it not be the other way around? Children need their mothers, to allow them to bond and give them a positive role model. Some of the women involved within this chain have birth and then leave pretty much straight away to the other side of the world to help fund the upbringing of the child. How is that fair? Not only on the child but also on the mother, carrying a baby for 9 months of your life to just then leave them, this has to be one of the gloomiest situations of the world, something that has really touched me.

‘While I am at work, I leave my daughter with a friend of mine – also a Filipina. My friend takes care of my daughter and also other Filipino workers’ children while we are working. I pay her 350,000 won ($350) a month. My friend actually gave a birth of her third child, but she sent her baby to the Philippines because of this care work – if her baby is here with her, she could not take care of our children. Sending her own child to the Philippine to take care of other children…yes, it is quite irony, isn’t it?’ (Brenda, 37, Filipina)

This is the words of someone involved in the Global Care Chain, it expresses my previous point of how unfortunate and unfair this world can be sometimes. Although there can be mixed views on this, such as it is allowing their children to an improved life and is apparently, enhancing the employment rate across the world, I believe there could be better positions in order to do this, it is still a negative situation for all of those involved (excluding the upper class, of course)! To try to make a positive light within this situation, it is nice to see that people involved in the lower end of the chain are supporting each other and acknowledge and pities those who are seen as lower than them in the chain. Even though it is a sad situation and people may view the circumstances of Brenda being selfish and allowing her friend to leave her newborn baby, it is a positive situation for her friend. If Brenda was not paying her friend to look after her children then her friend would have to meet her financial requirements elsewhere. A high percentage of alternatives of people within this situation is the dangerous route of sex work, which of course is something a lot worse than the situation they are both in at this current time.

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