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Women worldwide to go on general strike March 8

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Women around the world have set out a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic work, care, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions

Following the success of Women's marches across the globe last month, a group of feminist scholars in an op-ed in the Guardian called for a women's strike.

Organizers have however set the date for their general strike, dubbed "A Day Without A Woman," for March 8, which is International Women's Day.

A release by the organizers read “In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities?

“Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman.

“Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy's #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles.

“This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch

According to one of the authors of the Guardian op-ed, which include feminist icon Angela Davis, women should come out on that day to march for freedom through strike, blocking of roads civil and domestic disobedience.

She said: “The idea is to mobilize women, including trans women, and all who support them in an international day of struggle—a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions.

“These actions are aimed at making visible the needs and aspirations of those whom lean-in feminism ignored: women in the formal labor market, women working in the sphere of social reproduction and care, and unemployed and precarious working women.

As at the time of filing this report however, cannot ascertain if the strike action will also be organized by women in Nigeria.



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