Because this year our political demands matter more than ever. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated what women’s rights movements have been denouncing for decades: the intersecting violations and deepening crises inherent to a patriarchal, racist and capitalist system that has relegated the well-being of women and their communities behind perpetual pursuit of profit and short-term gain.

Because the promises made by our governments to advance equality, development and peace for all women 25 years ago were not kept, and women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Because International Women’s Day is a day when women over generations have risen up and protested, putting their lives at risk to defend their human rights and fundamental freedoms. We honour that history, reclaim the day and revive women’s collective power to demand our human rights.

Because right to strike is a recognised human right and throughout history, strikes have been an effective tactic for harnessing the power of movements to affect change. Strikes have fostered, revived and strengthened solidarity across issues and movements to change structural oppression, whether it be patriarchy, neoliberalism, globalisation, militarism, fundamentalisms or environmental destruction.

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You Can't Beat A Woman | Ivy Nallammah Josiah | TEDxUMSKK


Withdraw from formal work: Do not go to your workplace or leave your workplace at an agreed time with your colleagues on 8 March 2020.

Withdraw from care work: Do not do housework, domestic responsibility, and where necessary ask male partners and allies to show solidarity by taking over responsibilities for home,family and community.

Slow Down your work: Where it is not possible to completely withdraw from work, slow down your work as a form of protest.

Organise a rally or meeting: Bring together women and queer allies in your networks and communities to march, to speak out, to come together!

For more exciting ideas on how we can strike, read our publication ‘A Dangerous Unselfishness - Learning from Strike Actions' , which documents 40 examples of politically significant strikes around the world and over generations.

If you have exciting and powerful ideas for going on strike, tell us about it at We are committed to making this journey a collective and powerful one with all women around the world!

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