Towards the feminist strike
Being an eco-feminist is a necessity for me. This idea that we are ecodependent and interdependent beings, that we need from Nature and from other people to live, to be happy and to build that other world with which I dream; it is the tool, the filter and the frame in which I want to continue feeling and being. For this reason, feminisms in general and the movement generated since 8 march 2018 in particular, are for me vital spaces essential to continue building my social and political activism.
Last February 26th and 27th, as part of the Asamblea Feminista Unitaria de Sevilla, together with 5 other compañeras, I had the good fortune to be part of the voice and corporeity that met in Valencia in the V Feminist State Meeting with the objective of continuing to build arguments and demands and to begin to organise the feminist strike of 8 March 2019 that we hope will continue to be a reference and a show of strength in the streets of our territories, in its 4 axes: work, care, consumption and education.
If anything characterised these weekend days, it was the great enthusiasm that we shared, more than 600 women, with many ideas, much strength and much desire to transform this system in which we live; pointing to the heart of the patriarchal, capitalist and colonial system, biologicist and capacitist, predator of the land and resources of Nature and with the illusion of moving towards a place where fascism and racism have no place and with an internationalist and intersectional look, where all women are included.
The framework work developed by the compañeras has been wonderful and proof of this is the dossier they prepared to share with all the participants: This document of 46 pages would help us to mark the beginning of our debates and to do it from the way already traveled, from the contributions of the different territorial assemblies. It is important to remember in this sense that the state meeting is not a space for decision-making, but a space for debate, comings and goings of arguments between the assemblies, so that each territory can adapt the different ideas to its casuistry and concrete needs.
We divided into different groups to address 8 axes: migration, consumption, feminisation of poverty, bodies, labor, care, student (which came to be called education) and, finally, violence and justice. This last one was the axis in which I participated and I would like to give you a brief summary of it, because the conclusions that were shared and agreed in the small group were more than interesting. In the first place, one of the aspects that most caught my attention and that, undoubtedly, most reaffirm me that I am in the right movement, was the unanimous rejection of punitivist policies. The general and shared feeling is reflected in headlines such as "feminism is not punitivism" or "they ask for jail, we ask for justice". We discussed at length about feelings, needs and experiences, and finally concluded with some lines, among others:
- Vindicate the depathologisation of psychiatrised women and gender dissidents.
- To request the revision of the protocols of action of town councils in cases of aggressions and gender violence.
- Push for migrant women to have interpreters for complaints of male aggressions and also for health care, mediation, etc.
- Treating macho violence not from a state pact, but as a state matter.
- Demand 7% of the State's general budget to put an end to sexist violence
- Implement the Istanbul Convention in full and with adequate budget
- To create exchanges of feminist women of employment and of professionals and experts; creating this way a network to which to be able to go in case of necessity.
- To influence the training of all the people who participate in the judicial system, training developed by feminists.
- To create a network of feminist lawyers.
- Promote an affective sexual education that includes sexual diversities without stereotypes and gender identities and/or expressions.
- Modify the law on foreigners.
- Demand a comprehensive anti-trafficking law.
And, of course, we moved on to the translation of this argument into possible actions for next 8 March; so we organised ourselves again in small groups, gathering people from different axes, to gather as a brainstorming that the next day would be presented in plenary, in order to move to the different territories.
The ideas that had more strength were:
- Organise 8 days of revolts and dedicate each day to a different axis.
- Develop information picks prior to day 8 and the day itself in markets, health centers, universities ...
- Organize a kiss transbollera on 7 March
- Place hangers with the reasons for the strike on public transport, streets, etc.
- Remove aprons to the balconies from the 1st of March.
- Organise Carnivals.
- Develop informative leaflets, open assemblies, feminist snacks, talks...
- Take action against the big textile shopping centres. As has been done previously in Madrid or Seville ("Decreacción: ropa gratis")
- Organise on 9 February with the No CIES platform.
- OrganiSe the 14th of February around "St Valentine" or "In love with the strike".
And, the action that I personally find more interesting, because it is a nonviolent and totally legal action and also because we have developed it since our assembly: to organise a massive claim in the registry of the courts on 8 March in the morning, collapsing them and using this tool of our system to achieve a response to our claims.
Sunday was reserved to share the most striking conclusions of the different axes of work. A multitudinous plenary, where some moments of tension took place that we think are interesting to take into account to know and to give answer in the measure of our possibilities. One of the hot spots was related to the topic of sex work, a group of 10-12 companions skipped the methodology of space to demand the change of this term for "prostituted women"; given that we were dealing with a specified point as not consensus, all the women present stopped this lack of respect to the plenary, asking these dissident voices to express themselves by the means provided. Without a doubt, it was an unpleasant moment and, even more surely, it is an issue that we will have to approach from the respect and the confluence of glances; learning to live in the dissent and building from it...
Another of the hot spots came from Nicaragua. As in the previous case, in the information space dedicated to the International Commission, another colleague skipped the space methodology and was stopped by the plenary; later she was invited to go up to the microphone, but the person was no longer in the room.
With all these and other ideas, with a lot of energy, we returned to Seville, eager to spread and pollinate after the Valencian meeting. Since then we have met in the AFUS space, on the 9th and 10th the coordination meeting of the Andalusian feminist movement was held and in Seville we have also promoted an Open Assembly that was as diverse as possible. The first meeting of this open space was last Wednesday, February 6 and what a great joy! Around 50 women gathered in this space created with the aim of scheduling and coordinating actions already promoted by different collectives and dreaming together how we want it to be next March 8 and we want it to be historic again!
The next gathering will be on Wednesday 13 February at 18:30h in the San Fernando civic centre. So if you are a woman or a gender dissident and you want to be part of the 8M feminist strike, don't hesitate to join!
From La Transicionera, of course, we are committed to this line and we are working so that the 8 days of revolts and next March 8 will be a success, focusing on the aspects of care and consumption and under the umbrella of ecofeminism that characterizes our daily lives and guides us on the path of ecosocial transition.