Today is the day, the International Women’s Strike. In over 50 countries around the world, women will strike from their workplaces, be it office or home, to demonstrate their integral roles in society and the disparities they face. Each strike is unique, protesting in different manners and fighting for local issues of interest.
Argentine women are expected to strike in Buenos Aires, as well as over 60 other cities across the country. In the capital, the strike will start at 12 PM, mostly outside women’s respective workplaces, with a ruidazo (the banging of pots and pans). Later, women will march at 5 PM from the Obelisco to Plaza de Mayo. According to Ni Una Menos, the top concerns of Argentina’s Women’s Day will be read at 6 PM in Plaza de Mayo: the decriminalization of abortion, a call for political action against femicides, the implementation of the so-called “integral sex education law,” the separation of church and state and longer parental leave, will be among the main ones.
Given the strength of Argentina’s last Women’s March, which took place in October 2016, where thousands of women took to the Capital in a March of solidarity against femicides and the violent rape and death of 16 year old Lucía Pérez in Mar Del Plata, today’s march is expected to bring in thousands to the capital and across the country. Among them, female leaders, such as actress Cristina Banegas, CTA union Secretary of Gender Equality and Opportunity Estela Díaz, and other political heads of pro-feminine organizations in Argentina.
To learn more about strike and march timeline, visit Ni Una Menos’ Event Page (and discussion section). A detailed list of today’s key issues can be found here. Check out international online discussions using the following: #InternationalWomensDay, #DíaInternacionalDeLaMujer, #daywithoutawoman, #SheInspiresMe, #MujeresEnHuelga, #WomensStrike.