March 8

From: Sharon Hushka (
Date: Mon Jan 31 2000 - 12:47:49 EST

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    Here's something to think about. March 8th is a call for an
    international women's strike.

    "Stop the world and change it. Join the GLOBAL WOMEN'S STRIKE 8 March

    Women and girls do 2/3 of the world's work for 5% of the income. So when
    women stop everything stops.

    The Strike focuses on women's enormous contribution to every society and
    every economy. Women make the world go round, and raise and look after
    its entire population; but most of the work we do is unwaged,
    unrecognised and unvalued. This lack of economic and social recognition
    is a fundamental sexist injustice which devalues women and everything
    women do, including keeping our wages 25%-50% below men's. In fact,
    though a few women are now in highly paid managerial positions, the gap
    between women's and men's wages is growing. For example, in Mexico since
    the introduction of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta),
    women's wages have dropped from over 70% of men's to just over 50%, a
    levelling-down policy which governments are trying to extend to the whole
    of Central and South America. While in the South welfare benefits and other
    social programmes are largely non-existent, in the North they are being
    cut, ignoring women's right to such benefits as payment for the caring and
    other unwaged work we do.

    A strike is the best way to make visible women's contribution, needs
    and demands, because When women stop, everything stops! No one can
    avoid seeing that."

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