International Women’s Strike on the 8th of March 2017

Why you should join the #womensstrike on International Women’s* Day and form a women*s council

Something new is taking shape in the world: in more than 30
countries, people are calling for an international women*s strike on the 8th of March. Already last autumn, major protests took place against the destruction of women’s rights in Poland. In Argentina, a strong movement has formed against the murders of women* and the violence of debt and economic exploitation, which is resonating across Latin America. Following the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president, the world watched in amazement as huge numbers of women* and their supporters demonstrated on the 21st of January.

The womens’* strikes stand for a feminism of the 99%. The issues which affect women are general issues. Women are so diverse in terms of background, skin colour, sexuality and even sex, that this movement can take on the full revolutionary legacy and carry it forward. Women* recognise where violence rules, because they and their children experience it often enough. Women* know where work is exploited, because as workers they carry a double load and are paid less.

When we call for a “Day without women*” on the 8th of March, we do so because we are indispensable. And because we are indispensable, we do not want to devote our work, our strength, our care to propping up and patching up a world in which new life is ground down in competition and the drive for profit, a world which rests on the idea that some lives are worth more than others. On the 8th of March, we not only want to turn our backs on the work which forces us against each other or remains invisible. We want more. We want to turn towards each other and spend a day finding out what it would mean to come closer to the world in which we want to live and in which our descendants and the descendants of other species can live.

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International Women’s Strike on the 8th of March 2017