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  • Latin America's movement has been inspired by demostrations propelled by anti-femicide activists in Argentina.

    Latin America's movement has been inspired by demostrations propelled by anti-femicide activists in Argentina. | Photo: EFE

Published 24 February 2017

At least 30 countries will participate in "A Day Without Women," borrowing from the "A Day Without Immigrants" strike in the U.S. organized this month.

Feminists around the world will go on strike to show men what “A Day Without Women” looks like, with 30 countries participating, many in Latin America, on International Women's Day next month.

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The marches will protest labor inequality, fight for an end to dehumanization and discrimination against women, demand harsh penalties for femicide cases and promote state guarantees of economic rights.

"If our work has no value, produce without us," said Cecilia Palmeiro, one of the spokespeople of the Latin American movement "Ni Una Menos," one of the major promoters of the event and a growing force in anti-femicide struggles across the region.

The strike, according to the organizers, is inspired by several recent developments: the cross-movement Women's March against U.S. President Donald Trump on his inauguration, the mass women's strike in Argentina organized last October against femicide, and the demonstrations in Poland against an abortion ban the same month.

The Women’s March announced they would launch “A Day Without Women” in the U.S. in support of grassroots movements and women of color leading the movement worldwide.
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