"We know that the health crisis imposed restrictions on us for public health reasons, but in our lives there is no time or place to wait, because the existing violence, discrimination and multiple inequalities have multiplied and deepened", justifies the platform in a statement sent to Lusa.
The 8 March demonstrations are scheduled for Amarante, Aveiro, Braga, Chaves, Coimbra, Covilhã, Fundão, Lisbon, Porto, Vila Real, Viseu and Ponta Delgada. Public health indications will be encouraged through the care team, which will distribute alcohol gel, masks and guarantee physical distance between the participants.
The International Feminist Strike platform stresses that the health, social and economic crisis has a more significant impact on the lives of women. "The different working hours that most women accumulate have gone from accumulation to overlap, with wage work, housework and care taking place, often at the same time," explains the statement. This strike aims to put life at the centre, "demanding the valorisation of care and housework - work that is devalued in the eyes of society, performed mainly by women (90 percent), but essential for the survival of us all" .
The movement defends a society free from oppression, which guarantees rights, equality, equity and social justice for all women. “We demand full acceptance of human diversity, self-determination, the right to our bodies and the right to pleasure, access to sexual and reproductive health, the recognition of informal and care work, the end of the precariousness to which we are constantly subjected” .