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(en) alas barricadas: Towards a feminist strike on March 8 (ca, it) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 2 Jan 2018 08:56:03 +0200

From the feminist movement, we made the decision to initiate a process that will lead us to a women's strike on March 8, 2018. Fleeing from the prototypical strike model, we want to go beyond the strike model, we propose the need to stop all women, at all levels, care strike, consumer strike and labor strike. Because we understand that the world does not work without us, but that we are not only exploited in the world of work, our care is necessary to keep millions of people, our consumption marks the daily life of the markets in the neighborhoods, therefore, we want to stop it everything and demonstrate to the world, to governments, to society: that we are essential. ---- And as we want to stop everything, we want to stop all, from the intersectionality, understanding the different realities that cross us, migrants, students, bolleras, journalists, cooks, housewives, trans, autonomous, artists, doctors, lawyers, diverse , we want to be able to stop all, we need to be all of them. We understand that building and organizing a strike is a long process, in which we want to be all women, of all the vital and material realities, in order to make the process to strike, a process as diverse and inclusive as possible.

We understand that March 8 is important, but more important still, the process we are carrying out to reach that day, feminists of all realities, from different places, of different thoughts, we are united against patriarchy and willing to give the battle to build better lives.

This is how the proposal is explained by the initial promoters of this strike. This comes from the 8M Commission of Madrid , which has more than 50 feminist groups, about 150 activists and different commissions: extension, communication, content, legal-union, ... It meets on the 8th of each month and can be written to comision8mmadrid@gmail.com to receive the calls.

The mobilization is preceded by the women's strike in 1975 in Iceland, but especially the women's strike in Poland on October 3, 2016 against the Abortion Law and the arrests of the same month in Latin America and Italy in response to femicides under the motto Not one less, live we love each other and known as Black Monday . The movements of different countries quickly coordinated to convene an International Women's Stoppage on March 8, 2017, which aspired to go one step beyond the traditional demonstrations of that day.

This explains the reasons for the next strike:

We propose to stop to claim our sovereignty and our right to have control over our lives. We want to denounce the patriarchal precariousness that crosses us vitally, that violates us in our day to day life, and that prevents us from fully developing in our lives. Therefore, we intend to address the feminist strike based on four axes:

- Labor: we want to stop in our workplaces, because patriarchy and capital form a criminal alliance, which, through the sexual division of labor, condemns us to precarious jobs, worse paid, unpaid, invisible and illegal. We suffer a salary gap of 23%, compatibility only applies to us, workplace harassment is a daily reality in our work, the glass ceiling prevents us from progressing. We demand that the gender perspective be applied in our labor agreements and that the wage gap be eliminated, that our work be respected and dignified.

- Student: we also want to stop in our classrooms to demand a public, secular and feminist and quality education. We receive an education with patriarchal content, where we are hidden from women, however, we are not an exception, we are the constant that has been silenced. Our classrooms are not safe spaces where we express ourselves freely, we receive a sex education marked by heteronorm and that does not take into account the feminine pleasure. For all these reasons, we demand that a training be promoted with feminist curricula in which the gender perspective is mainstreamed in all disciplines. We also want our right to an affective and sexual education free of heteropatriarchal and normative stereotypes to be respected. A sexual education that educates us in diversity, without fears, without complexes and without reducing us to objects.

- Care: we want to stop so that the care does not only fall on us. Women are obliged to be carers, as something inherent to our gender. Our reproductive work is rendered invisible and devalued by the system, as it is a work that only belongs to the field of women. The contradiction capital - life drowns us in our day to day. We are the ones who constantly take care of our families, couples, co-workers, friends, all those who revolve around us. The system would collapse without our daily care work. We want to stop caring but, on the other hand, we also want to claim care in themselves, make them visible, raise awareness around them, in order to redistribute them and prevent them from falling entirely on us,

- Consumption: women manage a good part of consumption, especially domestic consumption, and we want to assert our collective strength as consumers. We are constantly bombarded by sexist advertising specifically directed towards us, which subjects us to gender stereotypes, with which feminists are determined to break. To do this, we must not only consider the cessation of consumption, but also build an alternative consumption that respects our rights and our lives. We want to stop consuming to show that without us the markets of our neighborhoods, towns and cares will not work, there will be no fruit-makers, there will be no butchers and there will be no consumers.

Aware of the difficulties to realize a mobilization of these proportions, organizing the strike began as early as May 2017. Although the initiative is mainly in Madrid, it has quickly spread to other localities creating different territoriale assemblies s that generate their own spaces with objective of working the Feminist Strike from the local, provincial or autonomous. In September there was a meeting in Elche of the feminist movements that had already started the process of convocation and where they decided to create a structure of state coordination.

The number of feminist assemblies for the preparation of the strike is growing rapidly. There are only two months until March 8, but there is still time to join the organization and make March 8 a historic day for women's rights.

Web: hacialahuelgafeminista.org

Facebook: Feminist Strike

Twitter: @HuelgaFeminista

Hashtag: #HaciaLaHuelgaFeminist

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