Monday, March 03, 2008

[olympiaworkers] Global Women's Strike March 8

INVEST IN CARING NOT KILLING! Women & girls do 2/3 of the world's work,
most of it unwaged. $1 trillion/year is spent on the military worldwide,
more than half by the US. 10% of this would provide the essentials of life
for all: water, sanitation, basic health, nutrition, literacy, and a
minimum income.
The Global Women's Strike network, with national co-ordinations in 11
countries and participating organisations in over 60 countries, is
demanding the return of military budgets to the community, beginning with
women the main carers of people and the planet. Women, and men who support
our goals, take action together on 8 March, International Women's Day, and
throughout the year. In this way each grassroots struggle is backed by our
collective power.
Women from different sectors are involved: Women of colour, Indigenous &
rural women, mothers, women in waged work, lesbian & bisexual women, sex
workers, religious activists, women with disabilities, older & younger
Why go on Strike?
Different women tell their stories
Men participate in the Strike

Our Demands:


Payment for all caring work - in wages, pensions, land & other
resources. What is more valuable than raising children & caring for
others? Invest in life & welfare, not military budgets or prisons

Pay equity for all, women & men, in the global market.

Food security for breastfeeding mothers, paid maternity leave and
maternity breaks. Stop penalizing us for being women.

Don't pay 'Third World debt'. We owe nothing, they owe us.

Accessible clean water, healthcare, housing, transport, literacy.

Non-polluting energy & technology which shortens the hours we work.
We all need cookers, fridges, washing machines, computers, & time

Protection & asylum from all violence & persecution, including by
family members & people in positions of authority.

Freedom of movement. Capital travels freely, why not people?

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