Following Saturday’s global show of solidarity throughout over 60 countries – including Argentina -, with nearly 3 million people taking part in the Women’s March, the outcry against gender violence is set to continue on the 8th March as Ni Una Menos makes another appearance; this time in the form of a women’s strike.
Initiated in 2015, Ni Una Menos is a movement that was born in response to violent and horrific incidents of gender violence and injustice toward women. Although it started in Argentina, the movement has transcended borders and sparked the creation of other sister movements with which they have banded; namely ‘Vivas Nos Queremos’ in Mexico and more recently the social media movement #EstamosParaNosotras. This perhaps comes as no surprise given the shocking statistics that reveal that Mexico recorded seven femicides per day between 2013 and 2014 along with Argentina which saw one a day in 2016.
With International Women’s Day being celebrated on the 8th March, Ni Una Menos is to join multiple feminist groups throughout countries including: Germany, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Scotland, Honduras, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and Uruguay in their protest primarily against the gender pay gap.
This strike follows three huge marches throughout the past two years, a first strike in on October 19th and the presentation of the Machista Violence Index. Just like last year, the strike is set to take place between 1 and 2 pm. There will then be a march towards Congress from Plaza de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires.
“The strike is the visualization of all the hours that women work without being paid. We know that our work hours are three hours longer because domestic responsibilities amount to the equivalent of second or third jobs. In addition, the wage gap is 30 percent. We’re going to stop during the hours in which we are not paid in order to reflect this structural inequality.” stated journalist Marta Dillon.
Despite the positive and uplifting elements of the worldwide collaboration, it’s hard to ignore the heavy sense of disappointment that these issues are still needing to be protested, with many stating that there has been very little – if any – improvement over the years.
“We continue to demand free legal support for victims of gender violence, which became the law here, but is still not a reality. It was said that there would be electronic wristbands to monitor the perpetrators, which for now is only a pilot test and only in very few countries. In addition, we believe that the budget allocated to the National Women’s Commission is not enough and the comprehensive sex education law that we asked to be fulfilled in 2015 remains intact.” said Ni Una Menos activist Florencia Alcaraz.
So now you know: March 8. Get ready. March. Protest. Make the change happen.