There will most likely only be a small-scale women's strike this year. But in the eyes of the platform "Journée Internationale des Femmes" (JIF), this is not dramatic. The movement has emerged stronger from last year's mobilization. Now it is confronting politicians with its demands.
The women’s strike on March 8th will likely be smaller than last year. But that is mainly due to Covid-19 and less to a lack of commitment. Because after the first national women’s strike last year, the movement “grew in numbers and quality”, Milena Steinmetzer is convinced. Today the feminist movement is again “a movement that can be called such.”
Almost 2,000 men and women had joined a march from the “Place d’Armes” to Bonneweg on March 7th, 2020, one day before International Women’s Day. Others, who could not be there due to their job or other commitments, participated in a symbolic way. This was not by chance. Because the focus was and still is on “care” work. This term refers to both paid and unpaid care, nursing and domestic work, such as looking after the children, shopping, cleaning or doing the laundry. Their mobilization was intended to express the fact that care work “is not valued in our society as it deserves to be, is often invisible and takes place under physically and psychologically stressful conditions – and is largely done by women”, as the JIF platform put it in the run-up to the strike.
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