The 8 March is International Women’s Day. Once again Bristol will see a variety of events both on the 8th, and all week. Lockdown Britain means many of these are online…but not quite all. Below are the main events we’re aware of, there are many more out there in Bristol, just look. We’ll start with the Bristol International Women’s Strike 2021 (FB event), followed by the week long series of events from Bristol Women’s Voice.
#8M – Women’s Strike
The Bristol International Women’s Strike 2021 coalition state in their FB event callout:
The 8th of March is the day women strike. This movement began in Argentina in October 2016 where the first strike was held after the violent murder of Lucía Pérez. The movement has gained traction, with women joining from every corner of the world, it allows us to make the call from a different position, from a place of rage and anger as opposed to victimhood. On this day we invite feminists of all genders to join us for a transnational women’s strike movement.
This year is different, our labour has become more essential in keeping our community and our economy going, our burden has become heavier as a result of the virus. Not only has the amount of labour we do increase, we have also in addition seen a rise in domestic violence, isolation, and exploitation in workplaces against us. This year has made the strike much more precarious, but this year has also highlighted why we need the strike more than ever. It is because it is impossible that’s why it is needed.
Now more than ever, we are confined to a space where the triple shift is even more pronounced. This is our paid work, our unpaid reproductive work, and the emotional labour we give to our communities. We’re the ones holding the care crisis in our hands.
The overwhelming majority of frontline workers are people of colour and migrants. Frontline work bares the consequences of the pandemic more heavily, yet these jobs are still undervalued and underpaid. Our care is essential, yet our work is invisible. (read more on FB callout)
What to Do? Organisers ideas & suggestion on the FB event include: refusing paid & unpaid work; longer lunch breaks; encourage mean to do housework/cooking; window displays; online messaging; community & workplace chats; banner making & drops; wear & use the colour purple; and drop by the public memorial in Queens Square from 7-9pm.
Check the FB event for updates, news, events & ideas; see this promo video on youtube for a recap on 2020.
Bristol Womens Voice – IWD2021 Week of Celebration
“Bristol Women’s Voice (BWV) are proud to announce our online Bristol’s International Women’s Day events. We have created an exciting and vibrant programme that enables people to stay safe but still connect to celebrate women and girls around this important day – which perhaps is needed now more than ever!
Monday 8th March – Sunday 14th March #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021BWV #WeAreBristol
This year´s international theme is #ChooseToChallenge and we have programmed a week of online and remote activities from Monday, March 8th to Sunday, March 14th with a couple of activities each day and two full days of events on the weekend. There are also some activities available all week and some interactive elements that people can join in with at home. We have tried to make sure there is a spread of different types of activities across the week that anyone in Bristol can engage with and get involved in remotely.