We are striking because we demand change. We are calling this a strike because of the importance of strike actions across history as an expression of our rights and fundamental freedoms: to organise, to assemble and associate. These freedoms are under increasing attack worldwide and it is important to fight for the right to strike.
Throughout history, strikes have been an effective tactic for harnessing the power of movements to affect change. International Women’s Day is not a marketing campaign to make women feel beautiful: it is a day when women have risen up and protested, putting their lives at risk to defend their human rights and fundamental freedoms. Let us honour that history, reclaim the day and revive women’s collective power to demand our human rights.