Meeting Of the Swiss-German Collectives

Dear activists and members of the collectives for a feminist / women*s strike

We would like to invite you to the big meeting of the Swiss-German collectives:

The Covid-19 crisis aggravates already existing injustices and makes them even more visible. The reasons that prompted us to demonstrate a good year and a half ago – be it unequal pay, poverty among the elderly, daily sexism, sexualized violence, racism and homophobia and transphobia, or the unequal distribution of care work – remain and are even aggravated by the current crisis.

We were the firsts to lose our jobs. We work more often in precarious jobs – we are particularly affected by wage losses. The state of emergency in health care existed before the crisis, but congratulations aside, there has been no recognition so far in the form of pay or staff increases. On the contrary, medical staff continues to work in precarious conditions and is disproportionately affected by Covid. Sex workers are discriminated against with specific work bans. Home-based domestic workers have lost their jobs overnight and often their homes as well. Refugees do not have the means to adequately protect themselves in the daily life of their place of accommodation or in the procedures provided by the state. Violence against children and women increased significantly throughout society. In addition, next year it will be decided to raise the ordinary retirement age for women, while in the meantime the old age pension for women will not be improved.

In short: we see a thousand reasons why a great feminist mobilization is urgent. 

The necessary distance forces us to rethink our previous forms of political action and (for now) to find new ways to make our demands present. But we believe that we can no longer hold back our anger about social conditions. Grassroots pressure is particularly important in times of crisis, as the Flint* (women, lesbian, inter and non-binary and trans), low-income people, young people, people with precarious residence permits or without permits  are once again paying the price (and the richest people in the country became even richer last year despite the crisis)

On January 30th the feminist strike / women*’s strike collectives of German-speaking Switzerland will meet for a supra-regional networking meeting (Assise) We want to break the isolation and reflect together on how we can make our demands and our anger visible in the coming months and especially on June 14th 2021, and bring it back to the streets as soon as possible.

The meeting will be held online. Register at this link: https://forms.gle/CznmEoqkEyv9Ddja7

We will send you the link to the event.

Attend in large numbers!

Programme

  • 10.30 a.m. Welcome
  • 10:45 a.m. Collectives introduce themselves

11:15 a.m. Break

  • 11:30 a.m. Workshop 1. slot (until 12.30)

Lunch break

  • 1:30 p.m. What we’re going to do on June 14: Collectives present their ideas –
  • 2:15 p.m. Plenary or Small Group Discussion

3 p.m. Break

  • 3:30 p.m. Workshops 2nd slot (until 16.30).

Content of the workshops :

In the workshops there will be an exchange on care work, maternity and parental leave, increasing the retirement age of women, violence against women, lesbian, non-binary, inter, trans*, Islam and feminism, feminism and the strike of the future, feminism and sex work, inclusive mobilization, revision of manifestos, social media work, media work, etc.

If you have any questions or if someone would like to propose another workshop, contact: info@feministischerstreikzuerich.ch.

The Assise is open to women, lesbians, inter, non-binary and trans* people. Of course, people who have not yet been active in a collective are also very welcome.