8 March, Vancouver: International Working Women’s Day 2020 – Global Strike

Sunday, 8 March
2:00 pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2213476812286710/

If women stop, the world stops. We invite all those who identify as women, the organizations and communities they are involved with, and allies to join us for an International Working Women’s Day (IWWD) Rally on Sunday, March 8 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

On IWWD 2020, we are calling on all working class women to join the Global Women’s Strike. On this day, we are going to:

1) Withdraw from or slow down our formal (paid or compensated) work and care (domestic or reproductive) work where we reasonably can
2) Unite with other working class women in this strike by organizing a collective action (such as withdrawing from work at an agreed time together)
3) Attend the Global Women’s Strike action at the Vancouver Art Gallery on March 8 at 2pm

March 8 is inspired by the struggles of women around the world for emancipation, freedom, equality and justice for all. The world’s resources and people are increasingly divided and owned by the wealthy under capitalism, and imperialism as the highest stage of monopoly capitalism; meanwhile, the situation for women continues to worsen. We will gather to echo women’s voices around the world for demands to end capitalism, imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, patriarchy, neoliberalism, globalisation, discrimination, unequal pay, gender violence, sexism, forced hejab, homophobia, environmental degradation, militarism, and war and occupation.

Bring your families and friends to encourage more discussion about IWWD, learn more about women’s liberation movements around the world, and show a united and broad movement in support of the strike.

Bring your own banner/signs, and let’s rally together to let everyone know that working class women won’t stop fighting back.

The list of speakers and performers will be announced soon.

Who are we?

We are a group of organizations representing women in various sectors, issues, and countries around the world—including Filipino women, students, and migrant workers rights groups; Iranian socialists, women rights, human rights and LGBTQ+ groups; local revolutionary student groups; Palestinian liberation organizers; local working class trans and sex worker women; and more.

We are united under the basis of building a working class women’s movement against imperialism, capitalism, colonialism, and all other forms of exploitation. We have taken this call for a strike initiated by the APWLD – Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development.

We humbly acknowledge that we are on the unceded territories of the x?m??kw?y??m (Musqueam), Sk_wx_wu´7mesh (Squamish), and Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh).

IWWD 2020 Committee consists of the following organizations:
Gabriela BC
Campaign to Defend People’s Struggle in Iran – Vancouver
Migrante BC
International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) in Canada
Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR)
6rang (The Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network)
Just Peace Committee (JPC)
BAYAN Canada (Alliance of Progressive Filipino organizations)
Sulong UBC

The details of program and speakers to follow.

Questions? Please email info.gabrielabc@gmail.com