Call for feminist strike in the Basque Country on 8th March

  • The Basque feminist movement gave the details of the strike which it has called for 8th March at Donostia's Tabakalera International Contemporary Art Centre.

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Under the slogan 'Emakumeok* planto' ('Women say enough'; the asterisk meaning that women identify themselves in many different ways), the focus will be on the workplace: a strike in caring, a strike at work, a strike on consuming, and a strike on teaching. 

The strike will be carried out in two tranches: From 11:00 to 15:00, and from 18:00 to 22:00. They have asked for people to wear purple armbands and hang aprons from their balconies to show their support for the strike. And, knowing that it is an international strike, with many other, similar strikes having been called all over the world, demonstrations will be held in the Basque provincial capitals and other large towns.

Members of the Basque feminist movement emphasised the need to call for an economy "set in the centre of life" at their Donostia presentation. They believe that the current system makes feminised work "invisible": "So much violence is a consequence of that."

They have also said that it is time to question the very concept of work and, in addition to women in formal employment, women who are carers, work at schools and in the consumer sector have also been called to join the strike. For instance, the organizers have called not to make purchases in large-scale shops on the day.

They have also asked public institutions to behave responsibly: "This struggle goes beyond the work area. We want a life with no violence whatsoever, we want to be able to decide on our own life and sexuality."

 

This article was translated by 11itzulpen; you can see the original in Basque here.

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