About the IWS

The International Women’s Strike (IWS) is a grassroots movement established by women from different parts of the world. It was created in late October 2016 as a response to the current social, legal, political, moral and verbal violence experienced by contemporary women at various latitudes. IWS consists to date of women of 40 countries.


How did it start?


Following the example of Icelandic women in 1975, Polish women went on a day-long strike to halt plans for criminalizing abortion and miscarriage on 3 October 2016. That planned legislation was immediately withdrawn by the government. Similar issues brought Korean women to protest several times that same month against introduction of higher penalties for doctors performing abortions. On 19 October 2016, Argentine women reacted with massive one-hour long strikes and rallies to an inhuman femicide and brutal repression of police of the Women’s National Meeting. More protests followed, leading to establishing the International Women’s Strike platform in last days of October 2016.

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