Author: Angeles Reyes-Ridgeley
We are working hard to not work at all on March 8th, as we are supporting women in 54 countries who are going on strike for themselves, for the girls and women they know and for those they’ll never meet.
On #8M women aren’t just going on a paid-work strike:
- We are not buying anything,
- We aren’t doing any domestic or care duties,
- We aren’t going to school.
Of course, we apply these guidelines according to our circumstances: it may be that you only buy essentials from independent shops. If you aren’t a carer, it’s irrelevant what you do at home – the point is, for your families to understand that most women have a bigger workload than men and work overload robs women of health.
Our Argentinian and Polish sisters led this trend by going on their first strikes on October 2016. Argentinian women were triggered by a number of sadistic crimes over a few days, they took to the streets sick of a femicide a day, a girl missing every day and half, the sexist violence against them and the government’s cutting the meagre budget allocated to the few centres of support to victims and closing down others.
Their cry #NiUnaMenos (not one less), #VivasNosQueremos (we want to be alive) resonated with women in 9 other Spanish-speaking countries and Brasil, who joined the strike and repeated the action in 2017. For 2018’s strike, our Spanish-speaking sisters say #NosotrasParamos (we go on strike).
Anyone reading this piece knows that after Trump’s victory in 2016, US women were marching in 2017 and this year they are going on strike too, with women from many other countries; from Belgium to Bosnia, Thailand to Russia, and Pakistan to Korea.
What’s clear is that united we are stronger, and that #timesup isn’t just a message we are sending to the world, it applies to each one of us:
can we start to finally become really intersectional and show solidarity with women that aren’t like us? That aren’t of our class, religion, colour, education level or country?
Time’s up for indifference, for invisibility, and above all, for what’s known as Stockholm Syndrome in a wider sense: feelings of trust towards those who are keeping us objectified, misrepresented, underpaid, abused – treated like second/third class citizens.
This year, we can stand up for ourselves and all other girls and women of the world, we are half the population of the planet and we deserve half the power to protect life – ours, others and the environment. Patriarchy isn’t sustainable for anyone, not just for women and children.
Feminists don’t agree on everything, but we agree on the fact that we haven’t achieved equality and the planet is at risk if we don’t switch over to a logic that puts life before profit.
If you are one of the majority of women who aren’t comfortable with their circumstances, remember that you are not alone, other women are standing up for rights for all of us, for an end to violence against us, for equal rights. Look for them, join them, these days we are campaigning, but most of the time the big difference that women’s groups make is the support they offer each other to lead happier, more fulfilled lives.
Submitted to us by our fan Angeles Reyes-Ridgeley for reproduction. Original article can be found here.
With a background in creative content and market research, Angeles Reyes-Ridgeley works for equality, co-creation and people-advocacy, helping businesses and NGOs to listen to people and update their products and content.
She’s the founder of feminist social business www.pinkmyarse.co.uk – and its goal is creating a modern “agora” for feminists to trade and talk, to get the feminine perspective to influence policies and brands.