40 days left for the March 8 strike and feminist collectives throughout Spain want to extend their actions beyond the day of the strike. The movement will heat engines from March 1 – eight days before – with actions to extend the strike in the workplace to consumption, care and education. After the rise of the extreme right, the anti-racist perspective will permeate all the actions of the 8-M.
More than 500 women from all over Spain have met this weekend in Valencia at the last state meeting prior to the 8-M strike. In a symbolic way, the idea is, as it was done last year, to repeat campaigns like those on aprons on balconies since March 1st. But there are many others, which each assembly will establish. "We have to make visibiles to the absent women, to the murdered women and to those who will not be able to participate in the convocation", say the organizers.
"We can not talk about a general strike that does not include a stoppage of care, consumption and education, which is why we called a 24-hour anti-patriarchal, anti-colonial feminist strike whose political subject is women," Rafaela Pimenter emphasizes. spokesperson for the 8M Commission of Madrid.
In the same way, there has been a unanimous demand that feminism continue "adding forces and weaving feminist support networks that work to confront fascism, encourage cooperativism, and expel exacerbated consumerism", as well as promote responsible and sustainable consumption from ecofeminism.
That protest also takes root in the field of consumption is a priority for women's groups. In Catalonia, for example, within the actions planned before the 8-M, will celebrate on February 14 the day of San Violentín, with which they fight that idea "in which we are educated about the myth of romantic love and possession" and macho violence is repudiated, explains Dolo Pulido, from Vaga Feminista de Cataluña.
María Cabeza, spokesperson for the 8-M Feminist Assembly of Valencia, makes a positive assessment of these two days of debates on care, consumption, work, education, violence and anti-racism. The meeting was joined by women from other countries such as Turkey, Germany, Nicaragua, Austria and Argentina. "We came out strengthened from this meeting, which has exceeded all our forecasts, and with more enthusiasm if it is possible facing 8-M," says the Valencian spokeswoman.
Pulido emphasizes how the anti-racist and anticolonial perspective is transversal to all the groups and axes of action of this movement, especially after parties like Vox in Andalusia threaten the institutional framework against gender violence. "One of the strongest demands that come out of this meeting is the closure of the Centers for Internment of Foreigners (CIE) and the derogation of the Aliens Act", they claim.
The feminist movement will work on the elaboration of protocols that address sexist violence in the labor, educational, leisure, judicial and health spheres; and they also urge the depatologization of trans people in the health system.
Another of the most intense debates has been related to the abolition or regulation of prostitution in Spain. Who has put it on the table has been precisely a sector in favor of its abolition, which is committed to helping women to abandon this activity. "Personally, I believe that their rights as workers must be respected, without getting involved in the abolition or regulation debate," says Pulido.
The 8-M commission has shown its "repulsion and dismay at the new case of macho violence"lived on Saturday in Dos Hermanas (Sevilla) with the murder of a woman at the hands of her husband, and has shown her support for the monologue Paloma Palenciano who" is being persecuted, insulted and denounced for demonstrating macho violence. " reiterated her support for Juana Rivas and demanded justice for the temporary compañeras of Huelva.