A Women's Strike is impossible; that is why it is necessary

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The Women’s Strike, which coincides with International Women’s day, has grown into a global protest with numerous demands. An end to the exploitation of migrant workers, funding for domestic violence services, decriminalisation of sex work and better access to healthcare for trans women are just some of those demands. 

On March 8, women all over the world will be withdrawing their paid and unpaid labour at home and in their communities. Women workers at Verso will join the strike, along with millions of other women and non-binary people. We demand collective solutions to our individual experiences of violence whether they occur in the home, on the streets or at work!  

We have also donated to the strike fund, which helps offset the costs of women leaving work and attending the 8 March 2019 strike actions and women’s assemblies. The nation-wide strike fund will enable women to continue to resist and organise. Please donate here, if you are able to!

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The Women’s Strike is about refusing all the work that women do – whether paid work in offices and factories, or unpaid domestic work in homes, communities and bedrooms.

The Women’s Strike will occur on International Women’s Day. We join the international women’s movement, which has only grown in strength and determination since exploding onto the streets in recent years. From Argentina to Poland, from Ireland to Kurdistan, women are making connections, building alliances and taking action against our current conditions of womanhood.

The Women’s Strike rejects the decades of economic inequality, criminalization and policing, racial and sexual violence, and endless global war and terrorism.

The Women’s Strike is a strike for solidarity between women – women of colour, indigenous, working class, disabled, migrant, Muslim, lesbian, queer and trans women. On 8 March, in cities and towns across the UK we will meet each other on the streets and strike against a system of power that keep us isolated and divided from one another.

The Women’s Strike is about realising the power we already hold – activating and nourishing resistance. It bursts into the centre of politics. It produces collective solutions to our individual experiences. It breaks the age-old story of female weakness.

The Women’s Strike fractures our confinement in the domestic home and challenges the traditional trade union strategy of reducing industrial struggle to the employment contract.

The Women’s Strike is a challenge to the assumption that women’s work should be performed for free and always with a smile. We demand that all women to have the right to choose, when and if they want to have children and, at the same time, not be trapped waiting to be chosen.

The Women’s Strike shines a light of solidarity on to the language of gender identity and recommits us to countering transphobia in the women’s movement and beyond

The Women’s Strike defies the idea that all women need to do is tell our stories and speak out. We are exhausted from telling the same story, over and over again. We need action.

On 8 March sex workers have called for a Sex/Work strike at 7pm in Leicester Square. Read more here, with Molly Smith on striking in solidarity with sex workers. Molly Smith is the co-author of Revolting Prostitutes with Juno Mac. It’s time for decriminalisation of sex work & labour rights for all workers regardless of migration status. See you on the streets!

Find out more about the Women's Strike on March 8, 2019.

Out in March!  Feminism for the 99% A Manifesto by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser.

From three of the organizers of the International Women’s Strike: a manifesto for when “leaning in” is not enough

Unaffordable housing, poverty wages, healthcare, climate change, border policing; not the issues you ordinarily hear feminists talking about. But don’t these issues impact the vast majority of women globally? Taking as its inspiration the new wave of feminist militancy that has erupted globally, this Manifesto makes a simple but powerful case: Feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with seeing women represented at the top of society. It must start with those at the bottom, and fight for the world they deserve. And that means targeting capitalism. Feminism must be anti-capitalist, eco-socialist and anti-racist. This is a manifesto for the 99%.

 “In the vacuum produced by liberalism’s decline, we have a chance to build another feminism: a feminism with a different definition of what counts as a feminist issue, a different class orientation, and a different ethos–one that is radical and transformative.”  

– Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser, authors of Feminism for the 99% 

 In solidarity with women across the world, please spread the word on the day: 
 #FeminismForThe99 

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