14 June - Women's Strike


Equal Opportunities Service

Date: 14 June 2024 / 09:30 - 15:30

On 14 June 2024, a nationwide feminist strike is scheduled to take place. The strike aims to advocate for a society free of patriarchal violence, an economy that prioritises care work and social reproduction, a society without wars, and an eco-feminist society that acknowledges our (eco)interdependence with other living beings and strives to overcome all forms of racism.

On this occasion, the USI Truck, USI West Campus Lugano, will be dressed in purple and will be a privileged place to exchange ideas and reflections on issues related to justice, equality, the rights of women and all minority groups, discrimination and violence.

USI supports the initiatives taking place on campus and encourages those who wish to participate in the strike to reach the posts on the West Campus Lugano during the course of the day, making sure to manage their absence responsibly, even during working hours.

Professors, staff members, researchers, doctoral and post-doctoral students, students and all interested parties are invited to participate in campus initiatives and join the rally in Bellinzona, starting at 6:30 pm in Piazza del Sole.
To promote the participation of the entire academic community, from this year, USI has introduced an exam-free day starting at 12 noon and supports the initiatives on Campus and those who wish to take part in the strike

Programme of the day

  • USI Truck is dressed in purple

On 14 June, from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., the USI Truck at the Campus Ovest Lugano will be set up to promote opportunities for exchange, discussion and reflection. Throughout the day, the entire community is invited to participate in the proposed initiatives.

  • "Bring your Lunch", 12 noon

Let's spend lunchtime together on the USI lawn to share our ideas and reflection.

  • Protofeminism in early 17th century women's literature, 12.30 pm

in collaboration with Associazione Archivi Riuniti delle Donne Ticino,

We will explore the origins of feminist thinking by examining the work of Fonte and Marinella, and rediscover the relevance of their ideas in the context of the feminist strike of 14 June. The discussion will feature Laura Mattioli, a doctoral student in Italian literature at the University of Durham, and Linda Bisello, a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Italian Studies, USI Faculty of Communication, Culture, and Society.

  • Equality box

The "Equality box", our special letterbox, is always available at the entrance to the Equal Opportunities Service (Office 202) to collect requests for support, reports, thoughts, and suggestions on gender, equal opportunities, and diversity issues, also anonymously.