MI women gear up for 'A Day Without a Woman'

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women's Day, which also means that it will be the day of the "A Day Without A Woman" strike, organized by the Women's March on Washington as a next step to mobilize the growing female-led resistance. And a number of New Yorkers plan to join in, via a sister event, a "Day Without a Woman".

Titled 'A Day Without a Woman,' the objective of the protest is to show the enormous socioeconomic impact that women have on the world despite being subject to things like lower wages, discrimination and sexual harassment.

Over the years the United Nations has used Women's History Month as a way to highlight themes like empowering rural women, ending poverty and hunger, violence against women and pushing for progress in gender equality in the workplace.

The Minister has also invited persons to share photos on social media of themselves wearing purple in order to bring even more attention to the cause and IWD 2017. "We urge all involved to use the power they have to pressure the current administration to advance equal rights for all women".

How large the International Women's Strike will be is hard to tell, but organizers say planning is underway in more than 50 cities in the USA and 30 countries around the world. In a one-day demonstration, women are encouraged to take part in one or all of the following symbolic acts: taking the day off from paid and unpaid labor, avoid shopping for one day and wear the red color in solidarity.

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Some of the NY organizers, however, stress the event's global roots. I think the Women's March is a huge example of that. "Let's raise our voices together again, to say that women's rights are human rights, regardless of a woman's race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability".

The next year, at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Clara Zetkin, leader of the "Women's Office" for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed an international Women's Day.

She said "ladies, employ ladies; women have the opportunity to make this happen so that the imbalances can be balanced". There's something written on here that every woman can relate to. But now, it's more important than ever to shed light on the women who are making a difference and to illuminate the stories that affect us all.

"Throughout history, the strikes that have the biggest impact are the ones when people who are already the target of oppression participate", she said.

We can all be champions for women.