Mariana Flores Melo: Women’s Strike for IWD


In response to the current social, political, legal, moral and verbal violence experienced by current women in various countries, the International Women’s Strike was organized, held on 8 March, International Women’s Day , Through mobilizations and protests in several European and Latin American countries.



The International Women’s Strike is a grassroots movement of women from more than 40 nations. It began to develop in October 2016, when Polish women went on strike following the example of Free Women’s Day in Iceland, which in 1975 changed the perception of women in that country and put it at the forefront of the struggle feminist.

Last October, several Latin American groups, such as Ni Una Menos, organized to carry out a one-hour strike, in addition to mass mobilizations. It was thus that the Polish established contact with other groups in the planet to plan and to coordinate the international actions of this movement. In Latin America the initiative began to spread in Argentina, where femicides have increased.

Women have worst work environment. Any of the variables that are taken from labor indicators show much more negative numbers for women than for men: they have more precarious jobs, more extensive days and they receive a salary, on average, 27% lower than that of men for Same task.

There are eight topics in Argentina, gathered in these affirmations and claims: “We strike because we are part of the collective history, we make the map of the feminist work visible, we demand legal abortion, safe and free, we defend sexual and gender dissent. We strike to say enough about violence and femicide, to denounce that the State is responsible and to demand a secular state. We stop and build the women’s movement as a political subject. “