MDR endorses Women’s Strike
Across the world on 8 March women are going on strike. This is an invitation for feminists of all genders to join the strike. In just a short few years the international women’s movement has grown in strength and confidence. In Britain we have organised mass demonstrations against the far-right’s attempt to hijack our experiences of sexual violence for their racist agenda. We are organising and unionising with some of the most exploited migrant workers in the service industries. We have stood in solidarity with our sisters from Brazil, Poland, Kurdistan and Ireland. The Women’s Strike is a strike for solidarity between women.
On 8 March we will speak out, resist, strike and refuse to work. The Women’s Strike is about realising the power we already hold – it is our labour that keeps the world turning and profits flowing. When we stop, the world stops with us.
When we strike we defy those who continue to not believe us when we are raped. Sexual violence, from assault to everyday workplace harassment is at the centre of our exploitation. We demand collective solutions to our individual experiences of violence whether they occur in the home, on the streets or at work.
When we strike we challenge the male dominated trade unions that ignore the reality of our lives. Austerity is nothing short of a class war. For ten years it has been women that have suffered the most as the rich have gotten richer and the rest of us struggle to put food on the table, keep the heating on and the rent paid. The cost of childcare in Britain is so high that many of us are trapped in low-paid and unrewarding work just to balance the nightmare that is getting the kids to and from school.
On 8 March we will be on strike from the work we do – regardless of whether we get paid or not. The Women’s Strike occurs on International Women’s Day – and we join with million of women and non-binary people across the world in fighting for a feminist future.
Local actions, assemblies and other events:
6pm: Brighton Women’s Strike 2019
5pm: On 8 March We Strike – International Women’s Day Bristol 2019
1pm: Resist Universal Credit and Benefit Sanctions
(Jobcenter, 64 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GS)
4pm: My Mum’s On Strike – Free Stay And Play
5pm: Women’s Strike
6pm: IWD Celebration Featuring Women’s and Non-Binary Art, Music and Spoken Word
(Trinity Centre Four Elms Road Piercefield Place Cardiff CF24 1LE)
5pm: Women’s march
8pm: IWD party with female bands
(Henry’s Cellar )
12pm: Walkout, Strike, Demonstrate! Women’s Strike Leeds
4.30pm: Women’s Strike
(Bridge Street Church, LS2 7QZ)
5pm: Women’s Strike (Liverpool)
10pm My Mum is On Strike: Free Stay and Play Session (Walthamstow)
10pm My Mum is On Strike: Free Stay and Play Session (Lower Clapton, Hackney)
10pm My Mum is On Strike: Free Stay and Play Session (Deptford)
10pm My Mum is On Strike: Free Stay and Play Session (Haringey)
12pm: Kurdish Women’s Assembly
(Wood Green Library)
2pm: Collective Meal (Haringey)
5pm Women’s Strike (London)
7pm Sex/Work Strike 2019