By Luci Cavallero & Verónica Gago
Translated by Liz Mason-Deese
Recently, the transnational feminist movement has taken up the struggle against debt as a banner of struggle as part of the dynamics of the feminist strike. Around the world we have said, “We want ourselves alive and debt free!” (Argentina), “It is us against debt!” (Puerto Rico), “They owe us a Life!” (Chile), “We don’t owe, we won’t pay!” (Spain). It is historic: the feminist movement is politicizing, at the mass scale, the financial issue. And, it is a feminist analysis of debt that allows us to rethink economic violence in terms of its relation with sexist violence. The feminist strike, by denouncing the debt with the International Monetary Fund and private creditors and its impact on household debts, continues to make other debts appear, rendering them visible and reclaiming them. While the bondholders and investment funds apply pressure to collect on all of their investments, on the streets it becomes clear that we are the creditors.