8 March 2001 - GLOBAL WOMEN'S STRIKE HIGHLIGHTS

ARGENTINA, Santa Fe Housewives Trade Union (Sindicato de Amas de Casa) co-ordinating coalition of women from 'barrios' [working class neighbourhoods], women's groups, environmentalists, academics and the three main unions. Press conference and march with drums, cymbals, pots, pans and brooms through the city centre with placards saying: 'I'm a housewife and a doctor', 'I'm a housewife and a teacher'...  The biggest union of state employees is calling for a symbolic 5-10 minutes strike - about 30,000 women.

BRAZIL, Amazonia, Belem  Launch of book and video on the situation and demands of local fisherwomen whose work is not recognised.

BRITAIN Labi Siffre, internationally famous singer, has linked his Website to the Strike's.  A Caravan has visited BRIGHTON, CANTERBURY, DUDLEY, EGHAM, NEWCASTLE, OXFORD, SHEFFIELD Students involved in national shut down of higher education on 1 March and are connecting it to the Strike.  LONDON: 12-1pm  Mothers, asylum seekers, prostitute women from Soho, pensioners, women with disabilities . . . will take part in CARAVAN down Whitehall, heart of the government, with giant puppet, masks, push-chairs, wheelchairs, bikes.  6.30-midnight: Women's speakout with international news. Live performances by Songlines International Choir (50-strong), Frank Chickens, and DJs the Raya Crew. *** Exhibition of children's paintings from Chiapas, Mexico, at Crossroads Women's Centre until 16 March in support of Zapatista demands for Indigenous rights.

COLOMBIA  National women's coalition holding Speakout: "Colombian women interrogate the State - without women there is no peace."  Against armed conflict and violation of human rights which particularly harm women, children and ethnic groups - torture, disappearances, detention, impunity from prosecution, rape, exploitation, displacement.

COSTA RICA  Feminists International Radio Endeavour (FIRE) and WIN (Women's Network of World Association Community Radios-AMARC) broadcasting 10-hour Internet WEBCAST Marathon "Full Spectrum Against Racism".

CONGO  Participation of nurses' unions, PRESSAC, Confederation Democratique du Travail, and NAME the only women's magazine in Congo.

CZECH REPUBLIC  Prague 'Feminist group of the 8th March' holding demonstration - music, infoshops, children's space and meal (food not bombs).

GHANA, Tema  Forces of Light, a network of organic women farmers, street children and domestic workers, performing a play about domestic workers' pay.

GUYANA  Mothers in Black put out Strike Call across Guyana and the Caribbean "as women across races, for women across races".  They protest weekly demanding justice for women and young people who have suffered violence by high or low ranking men, many run down by car drivers.  They want changes in the traffic laws and how they operate.

IRELAND, Galway 12 noon gathering at Town Hall to "Tie up the Town and Parade the World's Dirty Laundry". Collecting signatures for a law for an annual paid holiday for women and for measuring and valuing unwaged work. University women's group asking crèches and sports centres for free entry for women on the day.

ITALY, Rome demonstration in front of the Senate: for Strike and against "Concordat".

MEXICO, Chiapas, San Cristobal de las Casas  women's radio jingles with men's support.  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez  Relatives of 230 women murdered in the past few years using Strike to highlight this horrendous femicide. Mexico City  Defensoras Populares (Popular Defenders) co-ordinating Strike events - proposing that women do no housework and that those with waged jobs assemble in the city's park.  Added demands: peace in Chiapas, and implementation of San Andres Accords which recognise Indigenous people's rights.

NORWAY  Resource centre for Black, immigrant and refugee women planning demos.

PERU, Puno  Indigenous women from the Andes broadcasting Strike news weekly in Aymara and Quechua on their radio programme.  Lima  Domestic workers asking their feminist employers for the day off to go to their demonstration.  Press conference at domestic workers' centre (Centro de Capacitacion para Trabajadoras del Hogar).

EL SALVADOR  Women's Movement want to participate but are recovering from the two horrendous earthquakes which have claimed so many lives; buildings are still falling.  Wages for Housework Campaign sent $750 emergency donation for which we're collecting.

SPAIN  A national union, the Confederacion General del Trabajo, called for a two-hour GENERAL STRIKE on 8 March to demand pay equity and "a social wage for women working at home, equivalent to unemployment benefit" if they separate from husbands (for example to escape violence).  Workers stopping on all three shifts: between 12-2pm for the morning; 7-9pm for the afternoon and 10pm-midnight for the night.  Women in the Church group calling for churches to ring their bells at noon.

SWEDEN  Activities across Sweden co-ordinated by HARO, the network campaigning for financial support for parents who want to stay at home and raise their own children.

TANZANIA  Shinyanga, Rehabilitation Programme holding activities "to increase public awareness and understanding of women and girls with disabilities . . ."

UGANDA  Kaabong Women's Group, which has built a community centre brick by brick, again holding activities in this rural area.

USA  Los Angeles joint rally with Home Care Workers' Union at Federal Building 'in honour of caregivers paid and unpaid'.  Philadelphia  Two-hour lunch called by Phila Wages for Housework Campaign; Coalition of Labor Union Women; National Organization for Women and many sponsors.  City Hall passed resolution in support of Strike and against no pay, low pay and for pay equity. San Francisco vigil and press conference at City Hall; Evening of Celebration & Protest against welfare 'reform', violence against sex workers
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Other countries participating: ALGERIA, AUSTRIA, BANGLADESH, BELARUS, BOLIVIA, BURKINA FASO, CAMEROON, CANADA, CHAD, CHILE, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, GUATEMALA, HAITI, HONDURAS, INDIA, KENYA, MAURITIUS, NORWAY, PAKISTAN, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SENEGAL, SIERRA LEONE, SLOVENIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, URUGUAY, YEMEN . . .
28 February 2001

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