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.