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Sunday, Mar. 09, 2003 at 10:33 PM
GLOBAL WOMEN'S STRIKE 8 MARCH 2003
SECOND INTERNATIONAL UPDATE WOMEN SAY NO WAR - INVEST IN CARING NOT KILLING
ARGENTINA -- SANTA FE Call for "Active Peace - Let's Stop the World and Change it." Demonstration in the central Plaza of the Soldier at 10am, its busiest time. Road blockade with planks symbolizing women's empty tables and home-baked bread to show that all there is at home is what women's work has produced. *** Huge cake summarizing power: unwaged and waged women and men workers holding up the cake, on each floor the social classes that benefit from this work and at the top Bush's face. *** Posters everywhere. *** Co-ordinators since 2000 SF Housewives Trade Union (SAC), this year with the
Interneighbourhood Women's Network. They say: "Do you think the war is far away? Do you think the scandal and the shame of malnutrition has nothing to do with war? Third World debt, the money multinationals steal from us, privatisations, the World Bank and IMF are what they need to make the bombs that will kill more women, children and men elsewhere. More than 0
billion are spent on military budgets, some of this money prevents our children from eating, having an education and healthcare, and prevents us from having TIME to do what we want. They steal our lives to kill other lives. Our governments are servants of Bush and his partners. Don't give up, don't be silenced, don't stay at home, join us!" *** FESTRAM - Trade Union
Federation of Municipal Workers of SF province has endorsed . ** Activities also in PATAGONIA, ROSARIO and elsewhere.
AUSTRALIA -- Strike call, demands and news repeatedly on national community radio.
BANGLADESH -- SILHET & MULVI BAZAR Rallies of up to 5,000 women and men this week carrying brooms and broken sandals in anger at their government's refusal to oppose the US war, took up the Strike demand. Women and girls had placards with "Women's society has one voice. No to war, Invest in Caring Not Killing." Children's placards said "Please, let us live". On 8 March women will join the Strike, against war and for human rights for all, fresh water, food, housing, schools, group loans for the unemployed, and to wipe out the World Bank debt.
BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA -- CARACAS The official government International Women's Day event has endorsed the Strike. Will send a statement to the Strike and will read our message of support for their process.
CAMEROON -- Organisation of local government women employees is spreading news of the Strike and of the call in support of women in Venezuela. Will coordinate the Strike nationally and hold it on 31 July, Panafrican Women's Day.
CHINA Women have translated and are circulating the 'Invest in Caring Not
COLOMBIA -- --BOGOTA Dialogo Mujer and Women as Authors and Actors For Peace
will put forward "Invest in Caring Not Killing" in their public events all
over the country "so that all women regardless of political sympathies can
unite from their heart and influence the demands which are being put forward
on the day." The demand will also be presented to the government.
CZECH REPUBLIC -- PRAGUE Public concert in the "Namesti Miru" (Square of
Peace) organized by the 8th of March Feminist Group.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO -- Women nurses organised in SOLSICO will take
action on pay equity.
ECUADOR -- CHIMBORAZO The Association of Indigenous Women of "La Minga" is
ENGLAND -- LONDON March from Parliament to the US Embassy. Assemble Tothill
Street 11.30am. *** Metropolitan Community Church is calling on women of
different faiths to bear witness in Parliament Sq 11a.m.-12 noon. ***
Speakout 2pm in front of the Embassy: Women Say No War - Invest in Caring
Not Killing. Compare the cost of demands for water and food security,
benefits, wages and resources with the UK and US military budgets. Speakers
include Kurdish and Iraqi women, refugees and asylum seekers from other
Western-backed dictatorships and wars, employees of the fire service and
other caring jobs fighting against low wages, single mothers, students,
immigrant sex workers fighting deportation, lesbian women ... ***
Performers: African women's drum group, Songlines International Choir,
antiwar songs and poetry. Hot food and drinks in the Square. *** Noon
stoppage: women are invited to take 15 minutes off at 12 noon to send a No
War email/letter to Tony Blair and their MP. -- News about Strike activities
elsewhere still coming in.
FRANCE -- Artist participating with an Art Strike.
GERMANY -- BERLIN Women will meet at Rosa Luxemburg Place. Thousands of
leaflets distributed, planning meetings every Sunday. "We don't need no big
brother" demonstration with slogan: "Stop the patriarchal violence-culture,
the terrors and the wars!" Women, queers and antipatriarchals invited to
join the global demand: Invest in Caring Not In Killing! "The time has come
to fight more vehemently and more consistently against wars and the arms
industry ... How many of us are to be loving housewives but do not even have
GHANA -- ANUM The People's Education Association videoed their Strike last
year, and are doing their best to "manage with our little resources. This
year the drought was severer so the [rural] projects failed. However we
shall not give up."
GREECE The Non-Aligned Women's Movement is circulating the Strike call
among women's organisations, feminist networks, government units, the media,
and also in Turkey and other European countries. *** The Institute of
Equality has signed the petition. *** The Strike's appeal in support of
women in Venezuela has been published in a good newspaper.
GUYANA -- GEORGETOWN March and rally against racial war and all war. Strike
for 3 hours from normal housework and family care. Walk with pots and pans
to show you're on strike. Turn your brooms upside down outside your door
against violence at home or in Iraq. *** Men will support by doing housework
and childcare or by marching. Assemble 9am: Red Thread Centre, Princess &
Adelaide Sts. Charlestown. *** Ending with a non-party political speakout at
Merriman's Mall between Cummings and Light Sts. *** Organised by Red Thread,
Women across Differences, women from WAVE, women students at UG, and women
in the media. *** "It is not OK to accept that any mother's son be murdered
by police because he is African-Guyanese, or looks so. It is not OK to
accept that any mother's 18 year old son be murdered because he is a
policeman (where else was he to work?). It is not OK to accept that any
mother's daughter or son be abused, or raped, or robbed or killed because
she/he is Indian-Guyanese. It is not OK. It is not OK to continue this war,
and to use this war to continue ignoring the needs and demands of Amerindian
INDIA -- RAIPUR Tribal and dalit women leaders will speak at a workshop on
women's status and unwaged work of the Forum for Fact-finding, Documentation
and Advocacy (FFDA). FFDA will publish a tribal self-government area's
report on women's unwaged work exposing the real situation of tribal women
and defending their survival while the government invests more than 12% of
its total budget on defence and nuclear tests. National newspaper will
publish special story on the Strike. -- NAGPUR, MAHARASHTRA The Central
Women Workers Committee, Indian National Trade Union Congress (CWWC-INTUC)
is holding rally and debate on 1) union for women - women for union 2)
invest in caring not killing. The General Secretary writes: "We do support
each other to make the world understand that we are the creators of the
world and not the destructors. Stop the wars for whatever reason, invest
those entire resources for nourishing and caring for human beings. Let us
IRELAND Caravan from GALWAY to SHANNON airport through villages. 10.15am
Breakfast (small charge) and speakout; 11.15am Strike bus leaves; stopping
Ennis market 12.45pm to speakout and pick up participants. 2.30pm arrive
Shannon airport, joining women from many parts of Ireland. *** Women have
camped at the airport to prevent the use of this civilian airport for
refuelling and restocking US military planes bound for Iraq. Under the
constitution which declares Ireland to be a neutral country, this is
illegal. Protesters have attacked the planes, and due to this direct action
and other forms of protest, in many of which the Strike participated, three
airlines have pulled out for "security reasons"! *** Women from Shannon town
and many parts of Ireland will be joining. -- DERRY Women from the North
coming to Shannon. Support from the Mid-west Alliance Against Military
Aggression (MAMA), Lelia Doolan, John Arden, Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation,
and its Women's Commission. Women and men prisoners and people on bail who
are not allowed to travel to Shannon are finding othe ways to support the
action. Gardai (police) are defending from a hostile airport authority
Strikers' right to demonstrate at the terminal and use its toilet and mother
& baby facilities. Short march, non-party political speakout at the
terminal, music. Men's support includes statements refusing military
service; and cooking. Some women joining caravan to Shannon. -- BELFAST live
radio link up.
ITALY -- ROME The Welfare International Association will demonstrate in
front of the Senate with the Women's Global Strike demands. They say "give
money to mothers and children, not to wars, the Vatican and religions which
are against women." -- VERONA The housewives organisation OIKIA will take
time off. *** Strike information is circulating widely in Italy among
anti-war activists and on the media, including Indymedia.
KENYA Kimilili Integrated Development Education Program will support the
Strike by incorporating information about it in their workshops, seminars
and open meetings.
MEXICO -- MICHOACAN Women from the Bloque del Poder Popular (Popular power
Block) will march in Zamora "for the first time in the history of one of the
most reactionary cities", to press for their demands and no war in Iraq.
They will wear white shirts to show their support for peace. -- Forum with
same aims by Indigenous women from Nación Purhepecha in the community of
Tacuro. -- CHILPANCINGO, GUERRERO A woman is publicising the Strike and the
huge military spending in the media.
NEW ZEALAND Women in two parts of the country are spreading information
about the Strike.
NICARAGUA -- LEON The Women's Network Against Violence wrote that they would
announce joining the world campaign to Invest in Caring Not Killing at the
15 February antiwar protests. They say with 49 women murdered in the past
year alone, and a 9-year-old denied abortion after rape, they have a
thousand reasons to join us.
NIGER -- NIAMEY Action pour Femmes Handicappées, an organisation of women
with disabilities will launch the Strike with a march. It has written to
their government and to UNICEF protesting that women's work is undervalued
and not paid either in the form of food, access to drinkable water,
wheelchairs or tricycles, and that development programmes far from
benefiting women have sometimes made their situation worse.
NIGERIA -- LAGOS The Women's Education and Mothering Resource Centre will
take Strike action by introducing a small credit loans project to empower
women and fight for more access to credit, "calling on our government to
follow us to 'invest in caring not killing'." Press conference and
enlightenment programme from 10 am with youth organisations and women's
groups to forge fronts for an annual Strike based on a yearly assessment of
how the government has or not taken care of women's demands.
PERU -- LIMA 7 March: the Domestic Workers Centre (CCTH), the lesbian
organisation Grupo de Mujeres Diversas and others are holding an event at
the Ministry for Women to put forward the demands of domestic workers for
better working conditions. They call the day: "Homage to the grassroots
leaders of International Women's Day. We identify with the demands of the
Strike because we are exploited, discriminated against and depreved of our
rights. There are 500.000 domestic workers in Peru and 80% of immigrants
from the Andean regions suffer from physical, phychological and sexual
abuse, especially girls." 8 March: participation in the Song to Life with
feminist organizations. 9 March: activities with huge participation of
domestic workers and other grassroots sectors co-ordinated by -- PUNO March
and assembly of Aymara and Quechua women from rural communities who will
travel to the capital of the province answering the call by the Aymara
Centre Pacha Aru. Coverage by different radios from 9am. *** Organizations
of women from different part of the country side will assemble in the
capital of Puno. March through main streets and plazas carrying placards
with our social demands. After meeting in a main park, grassroots
delegations will go back to their communities. *** Despite lack of resources
the Union of Aymara Women Lupaca will participate and doing everything they
can. They ask for leaflets to distribute.
REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA -- VELES The Union of Women`s Organisations of
Macedonia (UWOM), 64 independent organizations of various ethnic, national
and religious groups, is adopting "Invest in Caring Not Killing" and will
demonstrate in the square. They have chosen Veles to support the people
there who face ecological catastrophe - a lead factory has caused many
children to be born with physical disabilities and other people suffer
health problems. Women from every town will be there. They have invited the
Prime Minister, the Ecology Minister and the Mayor. Circulating the Strike
SPAIN -- BARCELONA Press conference, speakout and performances throughout
the day in Sant Jaume, the central plaza. Mothers, housewives, domestic
workers, immigrant women, disabled women, widows, squatters, teachers,
nurses, lesbian women, sex workers, women organising in the neighbourhoods .
. . will spell out why the money that now goes to the military would be
better spent on what they need. *** Singers including pop star Amparanoia
and others, dancers, children's activities. *** Brasilian, Colombian,
Filipino and vegetarian food. *** Stage decorated with colourful banners
saying "Global Women's Strike" in many languages and "Invest in Caring not
Killing". A big breast with flowing white cloth symbolizing breast milk will
connect the stage with other activities in the plaza. Below the stage
cardboard bombs with military spending figures, on the sides tree branches
showing what this money should be used for. *** Free child care from 12 noon
to 10 pm provided by the city council. *** Strikers will also join the
traditional feminist International Women's Day demo. -- ALCOI The 8 March
Collective is urging women to put their brooms upside down on their balcony
to show they're on strike. 8 March: reading of Manifesto in front of the
city council and free theatre performance. 22 March: Speaking event with and
about Arab women. -- News of actions in other cities not available yet.
SWEDEN -- HARO women will demand Invest in Caring - Not Killing,
highlighting payment for all caring work, the value of giving birth to and
raising children, pay equity, food security for breastfeeding mothers, paid
maternity leave and breastfeeding breaks. -- GOTHENBURG Women attending a
colloquium there will ask, "What would our Prime Minister do if we refuse to
give birth to any more children-- If the man gave birth, we soon would get
SWITZERLAND Strike information translated into German was taken to the
February Peace Conference at Boldern.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO -- ARIMA International Wages For Housework Campaign and
National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) holding a speak out at NUDE's
HQ. They expect over 100 supporters. "Domestics are unrecognized as workers
in law and practice, deprived of severance benefits, health & safety,
employment security, sickness, pensions, maternity, and injury benefits."
They will use the Strike to make women workers' demands to the Minister of
Labour, including to amend the Industrial Relations Act to include
"domestics as workers", and the removal of membership in good standing to
qualify for representation in rights disputes; equal pay for work of equal
value; ratification of ILO Convention no. 156: Workers with Family
Responsibilities, 1981; ILO Convention no.158: Termination of Employment,
1982. They say: "Women's organisations, women's groups, and other work
places must stop work for twenty minutes. Put your brooms, and mops outside
the front door. Women in the trade unions, who often carry the load of
unwaged on top of low waged work, are invited to use the global women's
strike to advance their cause as workers outside the home and inside. Not
supporting the women's Action is tantamount to agreeing to the status quo .
. . The Strike is a response to the way grassroots women have been let down,
dumped by those publicly claiming to speak for women. The Strike is trying
to reverse the priorities of feminists, away from the self-advancement of
individuals and back to the advancement of women from the bottom up."
UGANDA -- KARAMOJA Kaabong Women's Group (KWG), which has co-ordinated the
Strike each year, is mobilizing in villages throughout the region. Women who
are walking for two or more days to join the Strike have started arriving at
the Women's Centre. Local women's, mothers', youth and school groups will
bring their demands written on manilla papers. For two hours any woman or
man will be free to give testimony of the effect of the Strike since we
started, with songs, praises,chanting, and talk about disarmament in the
region. All women who are internally displaced have been invited to come
with their children and tell people about war. Everyone will march to the
mission near the valley, past the town on the main road to the hospital,
singing, chanting, holding placards saying NO WARS , WOMEN CARE, INVEST IN
CARING NOT KILLING. Back at the centre, drama, concert, and speeches, with
food and merry making till morning. *** In preparation for 8 March the KWG
Drama Group put on free plays, exhibitions, concerts, songs and crafts work.
They say, "War, War, War, we have suffered all types of Wars, not even a
decade elapses without wars. Innocent hungry women and children killed,
pregnant women and innocent babies ... In Uganda more weapons are being
bought for modernization instead of essentials. We do work endlessly caring
for families, bearing children on empty stomachs. Drought has caused a lot
of suffering especially to breast-feeding mothers, the aged, the disabled
and infants, and instead money which would have made our life easier is put
on military budget ... Our survival is not their economic priority, so our
survival work is invisible. We are still proud to announce that one of our
demands was met by the Ugandan government through abolishing cost sharing
[charges] in hospitals." -- The Federation of Uganda Women Business
Organisations, Industry & Agriculture will participate with a "demonstration
of indigence, windowed brought in by the continuous wars, disabled economy &
persons physically, sale of all our national assets through privatisation,
liberalisation to abuse the poor." They demand that "the government returns
the Farmers House to farmers of which women comprise 85% ... Women need
agricultural implements & peace from government not assiduous wars and the
collapse of women's food security."
USA -- FORT WAYNE, INDIANA Women plan to encircle the local courthouse. --
LOS ANGELES March from Westwood Federal Building with noisemaking stops at
Occidental Oil which has been slaughtering Indigenous people in Colombia and
destroying health and the environment, Starbucks which has ties to Israel,
and the Veterans Cemetery to say no more body bags. "Collateral" damage
everywhere is some mother's daughter, some mother's son. *** Rally at the
federal building with women speakers and support from men, including Ron
Kovic, a Vietnam Vet on whom the movie "Born on the 4th of July" was based,
movie stars Ed Asner, Dave Clennon and Danny Glover. *** Street theatre,
music, belly dancers and more, to "Reclaim the military budget! End No pay,
Low Pay and Overwork!" *** The Peak Show and Brazilian band performing. ***
Trade unions endorsing SEIU 535 and HERE (Hotel and Restaurant Workers). ***
Pacifica Radio will broadcast on the Strike live including an international
roundup. -- NORTHAMPTON (MASSACHUSETTS) Women's Congress for Peace is
joining the Strike on 5 March (the date of a student strike already
scheduled). They urge all women to take an hour, or a day, off from their
work and gather in front of the courthouse 12- 6 pm with children, pots &
pans, drums & whistles, and their "resolve to change government priorities
from investing in weapons and war to protecting life and meeting people's
needs". A letter explains the Strike to downtown businesses, and asks
childcare facilities to close by 4.30 pm to allow teachers and mothers a
chance to participate in a 5-6 pm vigil. -- PHILADELPHIA Caravan, march and
rally "To Stop War in Iraq and All Wars". Decorated feeder caravans will
converge at 17th & Spring Garden Streets at 11 am and march to a 12 noon
rally at City Hall. March continues down the main shopping area on Market
Street, to a closing event with speakers, music and food at Asian Arts
Initiative, a co-sponsor, at 1315 Cherry Street at 1:30pm. Endorsers include
Phila Area Jobs with Justice, Germantown Friends Meeting Peace and Social
Concerns Cttee, Peace Action Delaware Valley, Phila Regional Anti-War
Network (PRAWN) and SOA Watch/NE. -- PORTLAND, MAINE March, rally, cultural
festival, potluck. -- SAN FRANCISCO Speakout at the Bechtel Corporation
which profiteers from water and war, winning contracts to rebuild countries
destroyed by war and is now building pipelines through Afghanistan, have
built half the world's nuclear power plants, and is suing Bolivia for
million because a mass movement against water privatisation forced them to
give back the water and leave. *** March to the closing rally & speakout at
Union Square, a major shopping area with an ongoing campaign to boycott
Israeli products. *** Special stop at the Venezuelan Consulate to hear,
learn from and support what women are winning there. -- SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
People for Peace and Justice organizing: 6 March - peace vigil with the
World Bank Bonds Boycott Organisation; 7 March - Presentation on the
Children of Ethiopia Education Fund + films; 8 March - Teach-in and Women's
Day Festival/Fair with dancers, speakers and poetry reading. -- WASHINGTON
DC The national Women's March for Peace and Justice on 8 March has endorsed
the Strike. -- YELLOW SPRINGS, OHIO Antioch College will have speaker and
show Strike video.
We are in contact with women and/or supportive men in BRAZIL -- BOLIVIA --
CANADA -- DENMARK -- GUATEMALA -- PAKISTAN -- PHILIPPINES -- TANZANIA
Payday men's network is preparing an update of all the countries where men
are supporting the Global Women's Strike.
7 March 2003
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