Ni una menos. Not one less.
The movement that began in Argentina in 2015 is marching toward a global women’s strike on March 8 that’s now reached 40 countries. This week in Italy, organizers held press conferences in various cities. In Rome, they met as usual at the International House of Women, a place of welcome and continuity. On the table were the themes and actions for the 24-hour walkout: a complete abstention from productive and reproductive work.
The problem of male violence against women cannot be fought with more penalties, the organizers say. (The Italian Parliament is considering life imprisonment for perpetrators of femicide.) Instead it requires a radical transformation of society. The struggle, therefore, is both concrete and symbolic against a structural phenomenon that controls and influences all spheres of women’s lives: at home, at work, at school, in hospitals, in court, in the newspapers, on the street.
For that reason, Ni Una Menos (“A Day Without Women” in the United States) is an opportunity to redeem March 8 from these rituals and replace it will new content. “A single feminist, women, global, social, trade union strike. A strike from work, domestic care and consumption. A strike to show the value of the unpaid work we carry out every day, to affirm the need for welfare, which our care work often replaces.”