DESPERATELY NEEDED HERE IN INDIA
On March 8, Women will strike. Would you?
M4PNews | Chandigarh
Grassroots feminist organizers across the globe have called for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 to be a one-day strike for women around the world. There are several issues in Several countries where gender bias is high and notably women are exploited for nothing but being Women. In India, If women strike a day means No work at home and out and Whole world of a family gets disturbed. This is women Power ladies, join hands to express the unity.
The event, which coincides with International Women’s Day, has generated significant media attention ― some positive, some not ― with outlets positioning it as a test of the power of the wildly popular Women’s Marches that took place in January around the country and world.
Thinking about joining the strike, and curious about what that actually means? Here are the basics.
Although the strike only began garnering mainstream media attention in the United States within the last month or so, plans for it actually began to come together last October. Inspired by the recent mass mobilizations in Argentina, (where thousands of women protested against gender violence) and Poland (where women pushed back against a proposed abortion ban ― and won) organizers from Poland reached out to activists in South Korea, Russia, Argentina, Ireland, Israel and Italy, devising plans for the proposed March 8 event, which they called the “International Women’s Strike.” (Women are now participating in 35 countries, the organizers say.)
Organizers are calling for women to stop working ― however they can.
The core action of the strike is simple, organizers say: If you can, take the day off from paid and unpaid labour. Women comprise nearly half of the United States labour force, and their absence there would certainly be felt. But they also do the bulk of the “UNPAID WORK, COOKING, CLEANING AND CARING FOR CHILDREN”.
Rallies and marches are being planned across the country for the strike day, and organizers are also encouraging women to lead their own. In New York City, for example, there will be an afternoon rally in Washington Square Park. But smaller cities and towns across the country are also planning rallies, demonstrations and walkouts ― places like Weston, West Virginia and Wakefield, Rhode Island, which is hosting a march for women during dinner time on Wednesday night.
If you can’t strike, you can wear red to show solidarity.
The various strike organizers understand there are many, many women who are unable to strike ― women who lack protections at work, for example, as well as single mothers or healthcare professionals who cannot abandon their patients’ care. They are urging those women ― as well as all women who strike ― to wear red in solidarity with the movement.
The “Day Without A Woman” site also specifically asks women to refrain from shopping on strike day, making exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses. And they’re encouraging men to lend their support to the strike by “leaning into” housework, wearing red and giving women paid days off if they’re in a position to do so.