Womens’ Day 2020 in Kenia
Even as the divisive, communal and sinister CAA was passed amidst surging protests throughout the country, led in great part by women and youths, atrocities against women and the relentless pauperization of the masses have continued to rise steadily.
We are approaching the International Working Women’s Day at a time when Indian women are not only facing unprecedented violence but also being deprived of decent jobs and wages and being pushed into an existence of dependence and penury. Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau have revealed that a total of 2,249 unemployed women committed suicide in 2018. The total number of suicides by unemployed women and men surpassed that of farmers and serve as a harsh comment on the state of joblessness and poverty in the country.
The new Codes on Labour, which will condense over 40 labour laws into four codes, is being sought to be passed in Parliament and will further affect labour rights in the country, especially those of the most vulnerable section, women. As it is the female labour participation rate in India —the share of working-age women who report either being employed, or being available for work—has fallen to a historic low of 23.3% in 2017-18, meaning that over three out of four women over the age of 15 in India are neither working nor seeking work. According to a recent Oxfam report ‘Time to Care’, released in January this year, such is the income inequality in India, it would take a female domestic worker 22,277 years to earn what a top CEO of a technology company makes in one year. The report further said that women and girls put in 3.26 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day — a contribution to the Indian economy of at least Rs 19 lakh crore a year, which is 20 times the entire education budget of India in 2019 (Rs 93,000 crore). If care work had been socialized and industrialized – if communal kitchens, public laundry, crèches for children and the like had to replace today’s system of individual women and girls spending billions of hours cooking, cleaning and caring for children and the elderly – then not only would employment rise but also women’s unpaid work would be replaced by work for wages. Unpaid care work is the ‘hidden engine’ that keeps the wheels of our economies, businesses and societies moving, and little wonder that this ‘hidden engine’ is driven by women who have little time to get an education, earn a decent living or have a say in how the society and country is run, and who are therefore trapped at the bottom of the economy. Yet, no government till date has come up with a policy to replace this unpaid care work with socialized and paid care work as a means of empowering women.
Unable to give all able-bodied women work for wages, unable to provide equal wages for equal work, unable to create an enabling atmosphere for women to get educated and employed, unable to ensure a modicum of safety for women, the government is now bent on destroying whatever remains of the democratic and secular fabric of the country in the name of CAA-NPR-NRC. If not resisted, these communal tools will make women further vulnerable to devastation, displacement and even disenfranchisement. The evil design of transforming India into a Hindu Rashtra, based on the precepts of Manusmriti, where women are but objects of male desire and slaves of patriarchal families, cannot be allowed to succeed.
Thus it is indeed heartening to note that across the country women are taking to the streets in thousands. Shaheen Bagh has already created history in women’s non-violent resistance to divisive state policies. Further, Shaheen Bagh is not alone. In various cities of the country similar prolonged demonstrations by women continue to thrive. The women’s mandate on CAA-NPR-NRC is clear: it cannot be allowed to stand. Kashmiri women, in the face of the most brutal kind of state terror, continue to fight for democracy.
AIRWO too resolutely opposes CAA-NPR-NRC and, besides frequently hitting the streets demanding its repeal, extends its solidarity to Shaheen Bagh and its sisters. On March 8 this year, AIRWO calls upon all democratic women to rise and organize to the following slogans:
From the Andes, to the Rocky Mountains, from Ayers Rock to the Alps, from the Himalayas to the Urals and Atlas, our call resounds and becomes an outcry that spreads across the world – echoing in the metropolises until it finally reaches every corner of the earth! It embraces more and more women. Let us weave a bond of solidarity together!
Come to Tunis for the 3rd World Women’s Conference 2021!
Tunisian women textile workers are fighting against work stress, gender discrimination and violence at work. Courageous strike leaders are put on black lists. Women textile workers in Bangladesh fight unionized for a minimum wage that is enough to live on. They defy prison and violence. They all form the backbone of the militant women’s movement.
In Iran the embers of the revolution are re-ignited, women stand up – defying death – against the Islamist-fascist mullah government. Their demand for women’s rights is connected with the struggles of the workers. Indigenous women of Latin America fight for the future of the children and the planet. They call out to the world: Save our mother earth!
The courageous women fighters of Rojava, side by side with the men, defend their democratic revolution with the most extensive women’s rights against the invasion by the troops of the fascist Erdogan government, which is against international law.
Africa’s women are rising up against the dictate of oppression and plundering of their continent by imperialist countries of many colours. “Our continent, its resources can feed us and our children but not the imperialist bandits!”
In Europe, women are fighting courageously, powerfully and resolutely for their interests. On the other side, fascist and proto-fascist forces are gaining strength. Women are standing up against this rightward development, fighting for the preservation and development of women’s rights, against increasing violence and murders of women.
The young generation has also set out on its way. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, one of the largest youth movements in the world has emerged with “Fridays for Future“. Their demand “System change – not climate change” connects youth, women, environmental and labour movements!
The establishment of World Women’s Conferences of grassroots women since 2006 is the answer to the crises of imperialism:
With the 1st World Women’s Conference 2011 in Caracas (Venezuela) we have started to weave the first threads of the bond of solidarity. For the first time, grassroots women of the world came together and exchanged information about the situation, struggles and women’s movement in their countries.
With the 2nd World Women’s Conference 2016 in Kathmandu (Nepal) the bond was strengthened and woven into a world women’s movement. In view of increasing attacks on the women of the world, death threats against our representatives and arrests, the world women’s movement must make the bond of cooperation and coordination unbreakable with the 3rd World Women’s Conference 2021 in Tunis (Tunisia). Women of all continents are no longer willing to play the role assigned to them by capitalism. With the strategy debate that started in 2018 and the theoretical seminar in India, the world women’s movement has broken new ground. This was an important step that we must now continue.
We continue our strategy debate for the liberation of women! For this we will carry out discuss all ideological disputes in solidarity to develop the women’s consciousness in the militant world women’s movement.
But that is not enough. The militant world women’s movement is facing great new tasks, because the imperialist world system in its crisis-proneness tries to smash militant movements with division, ideological confusion and violence. In contrast, we must strengthen our militant women’s movement ideologically, politically and organisationally.
Let our bond of solidarity shine in the brightest colours, appear in the most diverse forms, become unbreakable with thousands and thousands of threads. Let it fly in the wind of the coming liberation, let it hang on the olive trees, symbols of steadfastness and resistance.
We are glad to have been invited by the Committee of Women of Tunisia. Let’s go to Tunisia. Tunis here we come!
|Friday 08. May|
|Arrival and registration
In the evening a friendly “welcome”
|World women from Bosnia
All of us
|Saturday 09. May||9:00|
|1||Welcome and greetings||Bosnia||15 min|
|2||Presentation of the present
Delegations and guests
|3||Discussion and decision on the
Agenda and Rules of Procedure
|4||Review and control of 2018 decisions||Coordinators||15 min|
|5||Report on the work of the
Coordinators from April 2018 to April 2020, Discussion
|6||Delegations’ country reports
You also have the possibility to show photos
Each country report maximum 10 minutes = 1.5 pages
Reports should include:
We ask you to send us your country report by 24. 4. 20 at the latest in writing
|Each delegation for its own country report
plus 5 min at the lecture for the translation
|7||Work to be done, roadmap for the 3rd WFK and resolutions of the 4th World Meeting in Erfurt 2019||Coordinators||105 min|
|8||Financial independence – trademark of the World Women’s Conferences||Coordinators||15 min|
|9||Resolutions and resolutions
Please bring your suggestions
|Expected end (including breaks)||18:30|
|Evening cultural programme
Please bring ideas for it
|All of us|
On Sunday there is a cultural program of our hostesses.
European Coordinators of the
World Women’s Conference of Grassroots Women
Susanne Bader/ Germany
Deputy European Coordinator:
14th October 2019
To the Continental Coordinators of the World Women’s Conference
Solidarity with the Kurdish women- and liberation movement and all people
in Rojava/Northeast Syria!
We World Women strongly condemn the war of aggression against Rojava/Northeast Syria by the fascist Erdogan, his state and military, which is violating international law!
We have stood side by side with our Kurdish friends in many cities of our countries since the beginning of this imperialist attack on the liberated territories.
Rojava is a shining example in the international militant women’s movement for great achievements on the way to the liberation of women, for far-reaching women’s rights as a part of the Rojava Revolution. At our evaluation meeting of the 2nd World Women’s Conference of Grassroots Women 2016 in Kathmandu/Nepal we decided:
“The support of the fight in Rojava/Syria is not only a fight against exploitation and oppression of women, but also a focal point of the worldwide fight for democracy and freedom and for the realization of the liberation of women. Rojava is a shining example, showing what militant women can achieve.
We oblige ourselves to go on supporting this fight and to declare our solidarity against the attacks of the IS/Daesh and stand against imperialist forces and their plans to redesign the Middle East and especially Syria according to their interests.”
We will keep that promise! Long live our international solidarity!
Susanne Bader, Germany
Halinka Augustin, Netherlands
Zaman Masudi, Germany
Joan Salvador, in behalf of GABRIELA Alliance of Filipino Women
Joly Talukder, Asien, Bangladesh
Marie-Paula Logosu-teko, Afrika, Togo
Nancy MBUAKANIA, Afrika, DR Congo
From the Philippines sent Sharon Cabusao Silva greetings ” Fiery and militant greetings on International Women’s Day!”
From Africa writes Mwambu Margaret Jane from Uganda: “Thank you so much and wishing you a happy women’s day, see you soon”. Yours, Mwambu Margaret Jane
Dear Sisters & Women Activists,
Solidarity greetings to all on International Women’s Day. On 109th International Women’s Day Socialist Women’s Forum organized a rally at 11am 8th March 2019. Also six leftist women’s organizations including Socialist Women’s Forum observed International Women’s Day jointly. Our call was ‘protest rape-sexual harassment-violence and come on the struggle to establish women with human dignity and equal right’. On this occasion we demanded ‘ Equal right on inheritance’; ‘Equal-wage on equal-work’; ‘Establish uniform civil code’; ‘Economic value of household works in GDP’; ‘Stop violence against women’; ‘Stop gender-base violence at work’ etc.
Please keep us informed about your activities, analysis and keep in touch.
General Secretary/Central Committee
Socialist Women’s Forum
Solidarische Grüße an Alle am Internationalen Frauentag. Am 109. Internationalen Frauentag organisierte das Sozialistische Frauenforum am 8. März 2019 um 11 Uhr eine Demonstration. Auch sechs linke Frauenorganisationen, darunter das Socialist Women’s Forum, haben gemeinsam am Internationalen Frauentag teilgenommen. Unser Aufruf lautete “Protest gegen sexuelle Belästigung – Gewalt und der Kampf um die Verwirklichung von Frauen mit Menschenwürde und Gleichberechtigung”. Bei dieser Gelegenheit forderten wir ‘ Gleiches Recht auf Erbschaft’; ‘Gleiches Entgelt für gleiche Arbeit’; ‘Einheitliches Zivilgesetzbuch’; ‘Wirtschaftlicher Wert von Haushaltsarbeiten im BIP’; ‘Gewalt gegen Frauen beenden’; ‘Geschlechterbezogene Gewalt am Arbeitsplatz beenden’ usw.
Bitte informieren Sie uns über Ihre Aktivitäten, Analysen und bleiben Sie in Kontakt.
European Coordinators of the
World Women‘s Conferences of Grassroot Women
Halinka Augustin/Netherlands and Susanne Bader/Germany
Call of the World Women’s Movement for International Women’s Day 2019
“In the struggle for liberation I felt freedom for the first time, that’s why I organized myself!”
In many countries of the world, women’s consciousness has awakened on a massive scale!
On International Women’s Day, the day of struggle of the world women’s movement, we look with pride at our revolutionary pioneers like Clara Zetkin! She wrote under the impression of the first socialist revolution in Russia in 1917, as a result of which the right to vote for women was won:
“The first dictatorship of the proletariat is a true pioneer of full social equality for women.“
In many countries, on International Women’s Day 2019, the women’s movement chooses the “strike” as a form of protest, following the example of the workers’ movement. The struggle for the liberation of women is on the agenda in the 21st century. Women of all social strata and classes are at odds with the capitalist system, its representatives in the bourgeois parties and governments. But the contradiction is often still limited to individual questions and demands and is non-binding in its form. In order to become a force that can change society, it needs clarity and organization.
The first theoretical seminar of the World Women’s Movement 2018 in India was an important contribution to this. In this strategy debate it became clear:
From Africa to Europe to Asia female workers fight organized for their equal rights and participation in social life. In India, Sri Lanka, female tea plantation workers are on strike for equal wages with their male colleagues. Female textile workers in Bangladesh are fighting union battles for wages they and their families can live on. Women farmers demand a right to land. The approximately 67 million domestic workers worldwide demand employment contracts and social security, protection against sexual violence and an end to lawlessness. Carers and nurses in the Netherlands and Germany fight for recognition of their work and higher wages.
Feudal structures, chains of morality, religions, customs, traditions and laws build a network of the special oppression of women. This is organized by the bourgeois state and family system in capitalism. Throughout the world, women are primarily responsible for housework, raising children, caring for and caring for the elderly and the sick. The intensification of the general crisis of capitalism increasingly questions the living conditions of the masses worldwide. The 300 participants from three continents reported on this impressively at the International Theoretical Seminar of the World Women’s Movement in India at the end of 2018. “We women bear the greatest burden, under very difficult conditions. But we women can do more than housework and children, we stand with men in the struggle for our rights. Capitalism is our enemy, not the men! “Organization is the guarantor for the success of our struggles”, “we lead individual struggles but in the future we must fight together across borders”.
Women of all classes worldwide demand a right to self-determination over their bodies, their lives. Starting from Argentina with ½ million women, a wave of protests has spread in the countries of Latin America. Every 30 hours a woman dies in Argentina due to domestic violence, in Germany every 58 hours. In many European countries, pupils refuse to attend classes on Fridays to save the natural environment and its future. Increasingly, the struggles are politicized, directed against the policies of right-wing governments, against fascism and war. In Brazil hundreds of thousands of women demonstrated against the fascist and extremely misogynistic president Bolsonaro. In Turkey and Northern Kurdistan women stand up against the fascist Erdogan regime. In Rojava, women’s defense units have fought in a leading and highly organized way for liberation from the fascist IS and have taken significant steps forward in women’s liberation, democracy and freedom.
In the face of the looming Second World War in 1932, Clara Zetkin, as President by seniority of the Reichstag, called for “the united front of all working people to throw back fascism”.
Today the women’s movement again faces the challenge to face imperialist rivalry and threats of war. Their justified struggle for liberation, for the full emancipation in a liberated society needs a transnational union and coordination.
Since its beginning in 2006, the process of establishing World Women’s Conferences of grassroots women has developed into an international movement of world women. This was only possible because it is organized and works on the basis of principles. We have set ourselves the goal of strengthening the women’s movement in the long term! The development of the militant women’s movement in one’s own country is a yardstick. To achieve this, women’s organisation must improve and the coordination of world women must be reliable and continuous.
We will build a society in which women are not discriminated against, exploited and oppressed!
Long live the international militant women’s movement – forward to the 3rd World Women’s Conference 2021!
Women are climbing the highest mountains!
This was the motto of the six-days of the self-organized World Women’s Conference of grassroots women in Kathmandu, Nepal. 1,300 participants from 48 countries took part, including 74 delegates from 40 countries and more than 200 volunteer helpers. In ten workshops, the participants discussed central issues of the women’s movement. Women’s organisations from 61 countries were actively involved in the preparation programme.
“The movement for the World Women’s Conference has become a world women’s movement!” (Monika Gärtner-Engel, initiator and one of the world coordinators)
During the six days of the conference, a film with English text was posted on the Internet. A German version appeared at the end of 2016.
Main concepts and theories of the Kurdistan Women’s Liberation Movement