International Women's Strike

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International Women's Strike
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Demonstrators in Santa Fe, Argentina, where the protest was called Paro Internacional de Mujeres
Date8 March 2017
8 March 2018
International Women's Strike 2018 in Sabadell (Spain).

The International Women's Strike, also known as Paro Internacional de Mujeres, is a global movement coordinated across over 50 countries and coinciding with International Women's Day, on 8 March 2017 and 2018.[1] The United Nations announced the theme of "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030", calling for gender equality around the globe.[2] In the United States, the strike was branded as "Day Without a Woman".[3]


On October 3, 2016 women in Poland organized a nationwide strike following a Polish parliamentary decision to consider a ban on abortion that would criminalize all terminations.[4] The day became known as Black Monday.[5]

October 19, 2016 saw the #NiUnaMenos protest against femicide in Argentina, a large-scale response to the murder of 16-year-old Lucía Pérez.[6] Similar demonstrations took place in other South American countries including MexicoEl Salvador, Chile, and others.[7] A week later, on October 25, 2017, Brazil held its own #NiUnaMenos strike.[8]

Preparation and planning[edit]

Participating countries[edit]

Over 50 countries participated in the International Women's Strike.[9]


In Ireland, the platform titled "Strike 4 Repeal" demanded: "[...] that the Irish government call a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment by the 8th of March. If not, we will strike."[10] The strike action was inspired by the Black Protest in Poland months earlier.[11]

United States[edit]

In the United States, A Day Without a Woman was a general strike held on March 8, 2017 and organized by two different groups—the 2017 Women's March and a separate International Women's Strike movement. The two groups asked that women not work that day to protest the policies of the administration of Donald Trump, encouraging women to refrain from working, spending money (or, alternatively, electing to shop only at "small, women- and minority-owned businesses"), and to wear red as a sign of solidarity.[12][13]


  1. ^ "About the IWS –". Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  2. ^ "International Women's Day 2017". UN Women. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  3. ^ Cooney, Samantha (2017). "Meet the Organizers Behind the Upcoming Worldwide Women's Strike". Motto. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  4. ^ Davies, Christian (3 October 2016). "Women to go on strike in Poland in protest at planned abortion law". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Black Monday: Polish women strike against abortion ban". 3 October 2016 – via
  6. ^ Español, Por CNN (19 October 2016). "#NiUnaMenos: el brutal asesinato de Lucía Pérez en Argentina moviliza a las mujeres del mundo".
  7. ^ Goñi, Uki (19 October 2016). "Argentina's women joined across South America in marches against violence". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  8. ^ Jensen, Emily. "Ni Una Menos Reaches Rio: Is There Hope To End Gender Violence In Brazil? | The Bubble | Argentina News". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  9. ^ York, Alexandra Topping Molly Redden in New (7 March 2017). "'We are international, we are everywhere': women unite in global strike" – via The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Strike for Repeal | March 8th 2017". Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  11. ^ Moskalewicz, Magdalena (8 March 2017). "Today's women's strike has its roots in Poland — where women have a lot to be angry about". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  12. ^ CNN, Ashley Killough and Eric Bradner. "Female lawmakers support 'Day Without Women'".
  13. ^ Abrams, Susan Chira, Rachel; Rogers, Katie (8 March 2017). "'Day Without a Woman' Protest Tests a Movement's Staying Power" – via

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