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Support from the chair of the federal union of women in ver.di – now more than ever.
We – the women in ver.di – would like to express our strongest support for the struggles and actions taken by our comrades of the GARMENT WORKERS TRADE UNION CENTRE.
Having followed your struggles for dignified wages and working conditions, the women in ver.di are deeply impressed by your activism and your ongoing mobilization. We are proud to show our solidarity to you — to workers – especially women – who rise against a system of exploitation that might seem impossible to defeat.
We in ver.di know how difficult this fight can be – even if you surely face problems and resistances we can hardly imagine. This is why it is important to us to show you that your voices are heard and you actions are seen here in Germany and in Europe.
In times of right-wing politicians on the rise who threaten reproductive rights and health care for women all over Europe and the U.S. and neoliberal politics that affect financial security of workers everywhere we feel the need to be an ally to working women all over the world.
Strong trade unions that voice the demands of working women are an important counterpart to capitalist exploitation and to those who hold power and wealth. To us, gender equality and women’s rights are at the heart of these struggles, since they are far too often neglected and under attack. To us, solidarity, exchange and cooperation with organizations all over the world are important values we would like to uphold. Rest assured that the women in ver.dioffer their support to you.
We will continue supporting your struggle on an individual and collective basis by reporting on your actions to our committee members, by further endorsing the Joly Project and by actively promoting the Clean Clothes Campaign – which implies asking critical questions on the origins of the clothes we buy and the conditions under which they were manufactured.
Lastly, we wish you an excellent and fruitful conference where courageous and fierce ideascan be discussed and shared.
The women in ver.di send their kindest regards from Berlin and stand beside you in
Chair of the Federal Union of Women in ver.di
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Suse Bader, Germany – Europe Coordinator
Halinka Augustin, Netherlands – Europe Coordinator
Zaman Masudi, Germany – Deputy Europe Coordinator
Call for International Women‘s Day 2017, March 8
We want a social order in which women are truly liberated!
106 years have passed since the German socialist Clara Zetkin proclaimed the International Women‘s Day at the II. International Conference of Socialist Women! Peace, in the face of the imminent imperialist World War I, jobs, and women‘s suffrage were central demands back then. It has been 100 years since the victorious October Revolution in Russia took place which brought about groundbreaking achievements for the liberation of women in socialism.
For 10 years we have been building a democratic movement for the preparation of World Women‘s Conferences which stands above party lines and which is financially independent!
Two successful World Women‘s Conferences, which were organised independently by the grass-roots women, resulted from this. „Young World Women“ were born and have become involved actively: „No more violence – no more low pay – no more sexism – stop at the red line“ is their slogan. In only 10 years a World Women‘s Movement came into being which took roots in grass-roots movements and organisations in all continents. This transnational coordination and cooperation is farsighted and seminal. All over the world, women face great challenges. The mass of women carry the greatest burden because they have to go through their living conditions under the most difficult circumstances. World Women in Europe report how austerity programmes brought families poverty, hunger and hardship. There is no or only insufficient medical service – pregnant women are forced to deliver on tables and sick people are brought to the hospital by tractors. Women are increasingly exposed to sexual violence. Women belonging to minorities, such as Sinti and Romanies, are regarded as „fair game“ by their employers and the police. Sexism subordinates women and treats them as commodities, sex objects. In all European countries, women earn less than men. Concerning vocation and career, they are discriminated against everywhere. When they become old, they live in poverty! The mass of women is doubly exploited and oppressed! It is the role in the family allocated to the woman by society which is responsible for this. More and more women are getting into conflict with this. The militant women‘s movement in Europe demonstrates its force! Women are active in resistance commitees against the company VW and its criminal manipulation of gas emmissions. In the struggle for tariffs, employees of the health- and special-care services demand more personell or „Strike on the International Women‘s Day!“ This demand comes from Italy and the United States of America. Miner‘s Women were part of the 2nd International Miner‘s Conference in India. In Diyarbakir/Kurdistan, the Kurdish women‘s movement carried out an extraordinary congress for their struggle for freedom and democracy in the middle of a fascist dictatorship. Resistance is forming, mass demonstrations and the occupation of parlaments etc. take place in Poland, Romania, Spain, France, the Netherlands and many more, against right-wing politics and governments. Worldwide, over 60 million people are refugees. Women and children are especially exposed to violence, arbitrariness and abuse. The war in Syria has created a humanitarian catastrophe of an unimaginable dimension. The World Women‘s Europe Conference in November 2016 took a stand: „We World Women of Europe oblige ourselves…to bond tightly with refugees in our countries,…and to support their demands to right of residence, legal papers, existencial help and the reunification of families. Together, we want to fight for our rights and our dignity!“
It is necessary to build a new and independent World Peace Movement in order to combat the roots of imperialist wars. This World Peace Movement rejects to be in the pocket of any imperialist country of the world. Here, women must stride forwards constructively. The Europe of those in power is built on sand! The World Women‘s Movement is a movement of the future! Strengthen the militant women‘s movement in your country! Campaign with us for a future without expolitation and oppression and in which humans live in harmony with nature! Let us discuss and exchange our views about alternatives to this system based on profit!
„Women of the world will climb the highest mountains! We will build a society in which women are not discriminated, exploited and oppressed!“ (Resolution of Kathmandu – 2nd World Women‘s Conference of grass-roots women 2016)
Suse Bader/ Germany
Halinka Augustin / Netherlands
January 29, 2017
Protestation against the arrest of Sharmista Choudhury!
We have just heard about the arrest of our activist and companion Sharmista Choudhury, one of the leaders of the people’s movement for „land, livelihood, ecology and environmental protection“ by the Indian police! We as worldwomen demand her immediate release and complete integrity!
We heard about the brutal and coward ways of the police against the activist, about the murder of two activists and injured others.
We demand that the police will be hold accountable and punished for that.
We demand that the bereaved are supported financially.
Our deepest sympathy is with the relatives of the victims. We hope that the injured will recover soon!
Sharmista Choudhury is an activist of the worldwomen’s movement – behind her stand the worldwomen from all continents. We let the Indian government and its police know: Who attacks one of us, attacks all of us!
These news will go around the world!
We demand the immediate release of Sharmista and protest against the oppression of the protest movement!
European Coordinators in the World Women’s Conference process
Halinka Augustin / Netherlands
Suse Bader / Germany
Deputy European Coordinator
Zaman Masudi / Germany
24th January 2017
Women’s March on Washington – America’s women start a mass march!
Congratulations to the American women for their powerful, self-confident and meaningful march on the capital against the new president Donald Trump, his cabinet and his policy.
With around 1 million participants you made history!
As European Coordinators in the Worldwomen’s process we are sending our militant greetings from continent to continent to all activists of the Women’s March on Washington!
This mighty mass demonstration united women of all ages, strata, professions and nationalities across the whole country! Women stood up on a massive scale!
Often they took on long and tiring journeys to speak with a united voice:
The first meeting of the World coordinators for 3th World Women’s Conference has registered that Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th President of the USA. Trump is the representative of the imperialist superpower USA. He stand for its extreme anti-women, racist, fascistic and aggressive wing. One reason for his election is the fact that the candidates were like pest and cholera and Trump pretended the be the outsider outlawed by establishment and Hilary Clinton was no alternative for the women.
With his racist, mysoginistic and sexist statements Trump has declared war on working class, and particularly on women. We world women accept the gauntlet and declare:
Gelsenkirchen, November 9th, 2016
Resolution adopted on the 1st meeting of the wwc coordinators after 2nd world women conference
Women on 25 November 2016
the women of the world are starting out!
„We will build a society where women are not discriminated, exploited and oppressed!“ This is stated in the call of the 2nd World Women’s Conference of grassroots women and is our obligation. The international day for the elimination of violence against women is one of our joint days of struggle and action.
The deep desire and growing activity of many people for a societal alternative is making the ruling powers uneasy. Their answer is reactionary, proto-fascist and extremely hostile toward women: terror by the fascist and deeply misogynist Daesh (IS). The ban of abortions shall be imposed, as well as child marriage, the murder of women, rape and female slave markets like in Shengal. Violence against women is not recognized as a reason for flight.
But we also experience how we are getting stronger step by step in the opposing struggle! …
Delegation of the 2. World Women´s Conference of Grassroots Women to Diyarbakır
Freedom for Gultan Kışanak, Ayla Akat Ata and for all women in Kurdistan
We, the official delegation of the 2. World Women´s Conference of Grassroots Women to northern Kurdistan, demand the immediate release of the imprisoned members of municipalities and the reinstallation of all dismissed co-mayors. The women and men are democratically elected representatives of the people.
The sequestration of towns and municipalities is another step further in direction to a fascistic dictatorship. The european and the american government may watch no longer, how the turkish government accelarates its power attempts and thereby subjects ethnic groups and denominations like the Kurds, Alawites and Yasidis repeated times to unwarranted pursuit with poor excuses and aim to suppress or even to extinguish them.
Dear Worldwomen in Europe,
We European Coordinators would like to cordially invite you to our 5th European Conference on the 6th of November 2016 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Congratulations again for our successful 2nd World Women’s Conference of grassroots women 2016. We owe our special compliments and thanks to the hosts, the women of the United Women’s Association in Nepal. They worked together excellently and under hard circumstances, the consequences of the earthquakes and the boycott by the Indian government for the success of the conference.
In our unanimously decided resolution we determined:
“Let us resolutely develop our structures for worldwide, continental and regional coordination and bring it to a higher level. Let us improve our organizational work!” Throughout Europe we women have pressing reasons to form stronger connections for a future worth living in.