Milan women to protest on 8 March against violence and discrimination

International Women’s Day protest.

The women’s collective Non una di meno (Not one woman less) will celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March this year – when Italy will slow down for a general strike – with a “global transfeminist strike”, sit-in and street demo in several cities across the country.

In Milan, the sit-in will last from 09.00 to 15.00 in Piazza Oberdan, with a break for a solidarity lunch at 13.00.  The street demo march will set off from Piazza Duca d’Aosta at 18.00, and the day of strike will round of at 21.00 with a “global dancing party” at popular night-spot Macao, in Viale Molise 68.

Non una di Meno is calling on members and sympathisers to stop every kind of work, formal or informal, voluntary or paid, on Friday 8 March. The strike, they say, should take place in homes, in schools and universities, in hospitals and in the streets – although there are legal measures to ensure continuity in essential services.

The protest is against femicide and rape, against insults and molestation on the street and in the workplace, states the collective. Domestic violence and discrimination, the conditioning of residence permits on the state of marriage, obstacles against access to abortion, and precarious employment with extra workload and unfairly reduced pay scales are among the other facets of discrimination targeted in the strike.