Every year March 8 is International Women’s Day, a UN-recognized celebration of the achievements of women and a time to take action to progress gender equality.
According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186, so this year the UN’s political and human rights theme focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030."
The International Women’s Day campaign is asking us all to step up and #BeBoldForChange by taking action in any of these areas:
•Challenging bias and inequality
•Campaigning against violence
•Forging women's advancement
•Celebrating women's achievement, and
•Championing women's education
For March 8, the people behind January’s massive Women's March on Washington have organised a special campaign: A Day Without A Woman. Working with the International Women’s Strike, they plan to “act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.”
Women are being urged to join the campaign by taking action on March 8 in the following ways:
1. Take the day off paid and unpaid work if you can, and attend rallies and marches - click here for a template letter to give your employer to explain your absence.
2. Refrain from shopping except at local small businesses and women-owned businesses that support the campaign. Head to the #GrabYourWallet website for a list of corporations to boycott throughout the year.
3. Wear red in solidarity with the strike
Men are being asked to support the cause by doing the care-giving on March 8th, joining rallies and marches and advocating for equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women.
Striving for the inclusion of all “women, femmes and all gender-oppressed people,” the campaign recognizes that “in addition to being economically, socially, and politically oppressed, trans and GNC (gender non conforming) people face heightened levels of discrimination in the workplace, particularly as there are no federal anti-discrimination laws on the basis of gender identity.”
The International Women’s Strike movement was formed in October 2016, after Polish women went on strike for a day to stop the criminalisation of abortion and miscarriage. Korean women then protested higher penalties for Doctors performing abortions and Argentinian women undertook hour long strikes and held rallies against police brutality. As further protests broke out around the world, The International Women's Strike platform was born.
Organisers describe the movement as "a response to the current social, legal, political, moral and verbal violence experienced by contemporary women at various latitudes," and now boast involvement from women in 50 countries.
The grass roots movement hopes that March 8th will be “the beginning of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.”
For information on events happening outside the USA, click here
To find events planned around the USA, click here
To Thunderclap your support for #IWD2017 click here