8 March global strike: ‘A day without a woman’

The International Women’s Strike (IWS) and organisers of the popular Women’s March on the day of US President Donald Trump’s inauguration, are planning a general strike on International Women’s Day 8 March under the slogan ‘A Day Without A Woman.’

The strike has been promoted on social media.

According to the public statement, women are to come together for ‘love’ and ‘liberation’. The statement invites women for a general strike while criticising the business sector as well as international policies for not providing gender equality or positive discrimination for women.

Details regarding the strike are still unclear but the organisers stated they would be sharing more information on actions over the coming weeks. The organisers also said participants may choose how to carry out the strike – by laying down work, boycotting gender discriminating companies, stopping domestic labour such as cooking, cleaning, nursing or baby-sitting, and even love making.

Women’s organisations from 30 countries are expected to participate in the strike on 8 March 2017.

Countries participating are Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Costa Rica, Czechia, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Russia, Salvador, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden, Togo, Turkey, Uruguay and the US.

Speaking to Turkish news outlet Bianet, Feride Eralp, a feminist activist from Turkey, said oppression and violence against women has increased under the state of emergency. “We are exited about the strike call and we believe that participating in this global movement will have a positive effect”.