Get out of the trap

The equality trap became noticeable after the birth of our daughter. The egalitarian partnership that we had once set out was a thing of the past. He got a ridiculous two days of paternity leave from his employer. I stayed at home for six months. Because of the high daycare costs, we decided to look after our daughter at home. I was therefore unable to take on a management post as a social worker as planned.

Unfortunately, my case is a typical one: the vast majority of mothers reduce their gainful employment to less than 50 percent in the first seven years and are therefore punished twice: our wages are much lower and later we receive a massively lower pension. The care work at home is not remunerated, and there are no compensation payments to the pension fund.

To do this, I took to the streets on June 14th. It is a little consolation for me that two weeks of paternity leave should now be introduced. Since then, no one has responded to the central demands - payable childcare places, an upgrading of childcare work, secure pensions and executive positions in job sharing. We are therefore continuing to strike on June 14, 2021.

Isabel Maiorano, 44, is a social worker and mother.

Switzerland has never been so feminine

The elections of October 20, 2019 marked a turning point in Swiss democracy: for the first time in Switzerland's history, more new women than new men were elected to the national parliament. With 42 percent women, the National Council suddenly got a female face.

Helvetia - the icon of Swiss democracy - had called. For this, women had worked across the party borders in recent years. The mobilization surge of the women's strike intensified this positive dynamic.

And yet: the voters' mandate has not been realized. The Federal Council's legislative program does not implement equality. Instead of taking action, you first want to "develop a strategy". With respect, but now an implementation is needed. The women (and men) of the non-partisan Alliance F and their allies will work every day to ensure that the legitimate demands of June 14 are incorporated into the laws and framework conditions of our common life.

National Councilor Kathrin Bertschy, 40, is the co-founder of the Helvetia campaign and co-president of Alliance F.

Get what you are entitled to

Even three days after the strike, the joy of the gigantic mobilization that we had been working for in the unions for so long was still there. And then, I was live on TeleZüri , my first contractions started. I will hardly experience the exhilaration of this week again, I will draw strength from memory, privately and politically.

The day of the strike brought the diversity of women and their struggles to life: the nurses from the university hospital, the childcare workers, the deaf women, the farmers, migrants who brought their concerns to the streets. Anyone who saw how different women are had to realize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. "The private is political" does not mean to set one's own experience absolutely, but to create political framework conditions that enable individual emancipation. What I now wish for the women's movement is perseverance and precision. It is no longer 1970, access to the institutions has been fought for, now it is time to take and fill them. Patriarchy is most visible where power is concerned. All the more reason to challenge it there. Withdrawal is not an option.

Unionist Natascha Wey, 37, was a co-organizer of the strike.

This is just the beginning

Every third person working in agriculture is a woman who is in a relationship with the farmer and his farm. It is often his wife. Only 30 percent of them are paid for their work. The others are hardly insured, which means that they can only count on minimum pensions, for example if they become disabled or retired. They have no right to maternity benefits at all.

Some improve their situation by taking a job outside the company. Nevertheless, women are always in existential need, for example when they divorce.

Thanks to our longstanding commitment, also on the occasion of the national women's strike, we have succeeded in making people and politics aware of this grievance. With a first small step forward: With the future agricultural policy (AP22 +), the Federal Council wants to declare minimal social security protection for the partner to be made compulsory.

The lawyer and farmer Anne Challandes, 51, is president of the Swiss Farmers' Association.