The International Women’s Strike is a grassroots movement established by women from different parts of the world as a response to the current social, legal, political, moral and verbal violence experienced by contemporary women at various latitudes.
On 8 March 2017 the International Women’s Strike is going to take place. The idea was initiated by the Polish Women’s Strike coalition - an informal, nonpartisan initiative of feminist organizations and activist groups that was created after the Black Monday protests on 3 October 2016 that happened in over 200 cities in Poland and abroad. The Black Protests resulted in the ruling party withdrawing from the parliamentary proceedings of the draft bill introducing a total ban on abortion.
The Polish Women’s Strike started a series of women’s protests in different countries – soon after women from South Korea and many countries in Latin America took to the streets.
Women are a powerful force that is capable of stemming the tide of populism and that is flooding the world – after all, we are everywhere. The International Women’s Strike coalition consists of women from over 30 countries and on 8 March 2017 they will engage in various events under the slogan “Solidarity Is Our Weapon.”
How do we protest? An open form of protesting is suggested. All depends on your decision:
● total strike - stopping work or housework and social roles as caregivers for whole workday
● part-time strike – stopping production/work for 1 or 2 hours
● in case you can’t stop your work use black elements – black clothes, black ribbon or any other element decided
● boycott of companies using sexism in their advertisements or approach to workers
● boycott of chosen local misogynists (to be selected by you)
● sex strike
● shopping strike
● blockage of roads and streets
● demonstrations, pickets, marches
● install auto-reply "out of office" and explain why
● public acts of apostasy from the Catholic church
At 6 pm of your local time all of us make one more common act - read the IWS manifest (to be announced) and make noise to shake the planet.
Countries currently involved in the protests:
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Guatemala, Germany, Honduras, North Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Togo, Turkey, Uruguay, UK, USA.