A women’s strike has been organised for Thursday, March 8th, on every continent, under the claim of “Non Una di Meno!” (lit. Not one less). Seventy countries will grind to halt thanks to the crossed arms of their female laborers, protesting to put an end to gender violence and gender discrimination.
In Italy, one in three women aged between 16 and 70 has been the victim of a man’s violence, almost 7 million women have suffered physical and sexual violence, about 200 women are killed every year by their husbands, boyfriends or exes. One million and 400 thousand women have suffered sexual violence before turning 16 years old. One million women suffered rape or attempted rape. 420 thousand women have suffered sexual harassment and blackmail in the workplace. These figures are a disaster. Not to mention the risk of unemployment in failing economies, which is translated into average workloads doubling and wages plummeting, and a welfare state that no longer exists as a result of exploitation from a generally impoverished demographic.
In Rome the appointment is at 9 o’clock outside the Ministry of Health, on Lungotevere Ripa 1, to protest against the working conditions of social-health workers, to request the internalization of precarious staff and a new recruitment plan in health clinics, and to claim the right to health and freedom of choice, with open and appropriately financed health clinics and hospitals. The demonstration also requires pro-life campaigners to remain outside health clinics and public hospitals, and for sex education to be appropriately integrated into primary school curriculums.
Following form the latter, a demonstration will be held at the Ministry of Labor at 10.30, in Via Molise 19. In this case women will claim a self-determined income to get out of blackmail and violence, a European minimum wage and a universal welfare, as well as paid and obligatory maternity leave. The demonstration will protest against the discrimination of women in the labor market and against wage disparity, with the aim of freeing women from violence, harassment, sexist and trans-homophobic discrimination.
The actual procession will start however at 5pm in Piazza Vittorio and requests the immediate withdrawal of the Pillon Bill on separation and foster care, claims the right for women to move freely and safely in their own city and freedom to protest against racist and institutional violence. Furthermore, the demonstration argues that high school and university students be educated in gender diversity.