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On the occasion of International Women's Rights Day, 37 trade union, feminist and political organizations are calling Monday for a “feminist strike” and demonstrations across France.

A united movement to "put an end to discrimination and gender-based and sexual violence" suffered by those they have renamed the "first chores".

"On March 8, we will be on strike with women around the world to refuse all together to pay the price of the crisis with our work, our salary, our body", said Monday these organizations including the FSU, the CGT , Solidaires, Dare feminism, Les Effronté-es, Family planning, Unef or the National Collective for Women's Rights.

Several gatherings in Paris on Sunday and Monday

Several gatherings will be organized throughout France, notably in Paris where a demonstration will go from Port-Royal to Place de la République via the Sorbonne to “denounce student precariousness”, the Ile de la Cité to “challenge justice ”Or the Place du Châtelet to raise awareness of the status of intermittent entertainment, they said.

A Parisian gathering, "festive and feminist", is also scheduled for Sunday Place de la République.

Persistence of wage differentials, highlighting of predominantly female professions, psychological consequences of confinement, increase in domestic violence: this March 8 punctuates the first year of a global health crisis with unprecedented effects.

"The epidemic has highlighted that women were at the front, on the front line through different professions and also at home," said Mireille Stivala of the CGT Health and social action.

"Raising the wages of predominantly female occupations"

In a rare joint statement, all the major trade unions, except the CFTC, on Wednesday called for the opening of negotiations to "revalue the wages of predominantly female trades" and "correct" the index of professional equality for "To effectively eliminate the pay gap".

Nurses, nursing assistants, home helpers, cashiers, household help, childcare ... If women represent 70% of people on the front line during the health crisis, they are only 24% among the decision-makers responsible for organizing it. the answers, recalls a survey commissioned by the association Focus 30, citing figures from the NGO Care International.

Women called to stop working at 3:40 p.m. on Monday

In addition, according to this survey, more than one in five women (22%) “suffered from emotional stress or psychological problems” since the crisis, compared to 14% of men.

Women “tend to take more advantage of the telework opportunity, so they don't have to hire someone to look after the children after school, which saves money.

But that can pose a risk for the professional evaluation or the prospects of promotion ”, explains Marie Mercat-Bruns, professor of law at Sciences Po Paris and researcher on the questions of discrimination and gender.

To "mark the occasion", the activists call on women to stop Monday at 3:40 pm, theoretical time when they stop being paid given the wage gap with men (about 25%).

"The feminist strike is the work strike, in the employee sense, but it is also the end of invisible work at home, to denounce the mental burden and the inequalities in the distribution of tasks", underlines Murielle Guilbert of Solidaires.

"Now is not the time to release the pressure"

In any case, the pandemic has not prevented feminist struggles in recent months from demanding the individualization of the disabled adult allowance (AAH), today correlated with the income of the spouse, the assisted reproduction for all or the extension of the period. legal to abort.

The #Metoo movement has also taken off again with overwhelming testimonies under the hashtag #Metooinceste, pushing the government to initiate a process to change the law, or those of students with #sciencesporcs.

“Society is starting to listen,” says Claire Charlès of Les Effronté-es, “it's not the time to release the pressure”.


“Heavy dredging doesn't exist.

It's sexual harassment, ”explains Caroline De Haas


A stamp with the effigy of Simone de Beauvoir will be released on March 8

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