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(en) Statement of the Swedish Anarcho-Syndicalist Youth Federation 27th Congress: Support the International Women's Strike of March 8 2017!

Date Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:17:36 +0200


On the 8th of March this year, a strike will take place in around 30 countries in different parts of the world. A new formation of feminist counteroffensives against patriarchy is in the works. In a world where we don't own our own labour, our lives or our bodies, a world in which we are isolated from one another and kept from spawning a political power out of our exploited labour, where we are violated by men wherever we meet them, and where states keep restricting the reproductive rights we've fought for through all times. In this world where we are not allowed to exist as autonomous beings, we now fight back worldwide. ---- International women's day has always been a day of struggle, it was formed out of revolutionary socialists and belongs to us still today. Because a real feminism cannot be blind to how capitalism is dependant on our unwaged housework, our precarious work situations where we receive lower wages than men for the same work, the commercialization and objectification of our bodies for profit in industries like pornography and commerce, and the upholding of the holy nuclear family that forces us into sexual subordination and cisheteronormativity. The patriarchy lives and acts everywhere: on the streets, in our homes, at our workplaces, in our schools, in our personal relationships. But everywhere the patriarchy exists, we also exist. And we carry a collective power beyond our wildest dreams.

The initiative for the international women's strike originates in the ni una menos (not one less) movement in Argentina and other parts of Latin America. After a national meeting in Rosario on the 18th of october that gathered 70.000 women, occupations of 40 squares, the murder of the sixteen year old Lucía Pérez and the following strike that gathered 250.000 people in Buenos Aires the day after, connections were formed throughout Latin America against this extreme patriarchal violence.

The same month, a general strike took place in Poland to stop yet another restriction on abortion rights. 200.000 have taken to the streets of Rome against austerity and restrictions on reproductive rights, mass protests have taken place in Istanbul against a new law legalizing rape of young women. All these struggles have been woven together in the call for the international women's strike of March 8th. We're right in the middle of the formation of a new feminist power across the world.

So what does it mean to strike on the 8th of March? One of the most key points in the call is to show and find a coalition in women's heterogeneous, individualized and precarious labour conditions. Women's labour is everything from unwaged labour in the home under social pressure or threats of violence, to precarious working conditions without any guarantee of being able to go to work the next day, to the stress, limited resources and burnouts of the public sector. This means that much of women's labour doesn't fit the conventional understanding of the strike. Therefore we need to develop it into something wider and grander, something that allows for these heterogeneous working conditions to be seen and fought collectively.

To strike from the workplace will be connected to a refusal of housework and childcare, not having sex with men, student strikes, blockades and occupations, boycotts or sabotage of patriarchal commodities or symbols, while we simultaneously take to the streets and show our mass, build connections and share experiences. This model of women's strike attacks the system as a whole.
In Sweden, SAC is encouraging its members to participate in the strike, and SUF is contributing to demonstrations around the country. We stand in solidarity with, and want to be a part of this new offensive feminist mobilization. The 8th of march is just the start of this mobilization, the struggle continues every day - this is just the beginning.

/ The 27th Anarcho-Syndicalist Youth Federation Congerss

LINKS:

- http://www.suf.cc

- Call to the strike by the Transnational Social Strike Platform: http://www.transnational-strike.info/.../if-our-lives-have-n.../
- Uppdates on the women's strike and other similar projects: http://www.transnational-strike.info/
- Information about SAC's contribution in Sweden: https://www.sac.se/Aktuellt/Nyheter/8-mars-Kvinnostrejk
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