Theses of the impulse paper by Monika Gaertner-Engel for the theoretical seminar on the theory of women’s liberation, India, December 2018
The international militant women’s movement has a great wealth of experience and achievements in fighting for the liberation of women. However, the fundamental side of what is necessary to create the basis for this liberation is severely underestimated.
Only a revolutionary solution lays the foundation for the social liberation of women! An analysis of the major successes of the women’s movement and their actual limitations within capitalism.
Lessons from history until today – revolutions were locomotives for the most far-reaching women’s rights so far.
All of the many struggles taking place today are important on the way to the liberation of women, but they have to be led as training ground of the fight for the liberation of women.
The goal of liberating women can only be achieved jointly, across ideological and party-political lines and based on principles. For this the militant women’s movement has to be non-party affiliated. This results from the common aim of the complete emancipation of women, the liberation of women in liberated societies.
we are looking forward to this international gathering of women in India! It is a historic meeting – women of the world discuss together the theory of the liberation of women!
Meanwhile we have received calls from all over India from women who want to participate in the seminar. That is very exciting! We also receive registrations from other continents! Welcome to Bangalore!
Staying overnight in a mass accommodation:
The rented meeting room offers common sleeping facilities for about 200-250 women, including 4 rooms, 2 dormitories and halls in which they provide mattresses for sleeping.
Staying overnight in a hotel – you have to rent them yourself.
Those who stay overnight in the Massenquartier will get a breakfast there. If you stay overnight in a hotel, you will have breakfast there. There is tea and snacks as well as lunch for all. Dinner can be served to everyone in the meeting room if needed, but we thought people would prefer to eat outdoors at a time of their choosing.
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We are currently calculating the cost of participation and sending it to the homepage!
The coordinators of the World Women’s Conferences of Basic Women and the organisation team in India will inform you about the current state of preparations!
Until today we have Registrations:
From the roof of the world from Nepal/Kathmandu
from Latin America
The organisation team launches an advertising campaign in Asia
And for all women who would like to see more of India, the travel agency People to People offers the possibility of a subsequent trip.
You are in negotiations with a progressive Indian tour operator. The offer should be a group travel program, after the seminar. The duration: approx. 1 week, with the possibility of extending a few days, e.g. beach holiday.
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As soon as the travel program is finished, we will publish it on our homepage. If you are interested, please contact us directly, the friends of People to People will be happy to inform you.
The preparations for the content are also in full swing. The seminar is a contribution of the international militant women’s movement to the theoretical discussion about ways and goals of the liberation of women. It is a seminar of grassroots women. It is addressed to all interested women, factory workers, farmers, housewives, nurses, educators etc. You do not need to have studied or speak many languages. Every woman can participate in these discussions and contribute her diverse experiences. The theoretical processing of the diverse practical experience and life experience will help us to get a clear view in these troubled times.
Our world woman Sharmistha and her fellow campaigners are free again!
We have just received this wonderful news from India:
“We thank you for the message of solidarity with Sharmistha. We are pleased to inform you that Sharmistha and the others who were abducted with her were released the same evening after a massive protest by the people.”
And further they write that the situation is very tense but Sharmistha and other activists are in a safe place.
“(…) We thank you again for your support and promise you that the fight will continue.”
We, the workers of „Fortuna” Gračanica shoe factory and participants of European world womens conference of grasrootswoman, strongly condemn the brutal attack and abduction of activist Sharmista Choudhury and other leaders of the Bhangor-Movement!
As woman, workers and fighters for worker rights in Bosnia and Herzegowina we were also victims of physical and psychic attacks and it is our obligation to the society and to the world to stand up against such attacks on individuals and activist groups.
We demand for immediate and unharmed release of Sharmista and other activists!
We call on the government to take action against such criminal activities and also we call upon the government to take steps to protect the activists in the country.
The workers of “Fortuna ” Gračanica Shoe Factory / Bosnia and Herzegowina
World Women Conference activist and Bhangor Movement leader comrade Sharmistha Choudhury were attacked and abducted by gangs of the Ruling Party in West Bengal.
We fear that life of our sister Sharmistha and other leaders of Bhangor Movement are under threat.
We; as Free Women’s Movement (TJA) strongly condemn the brutal attack and abduction of Sharmistha and other comrades. We demand immediate release and call on the government to take action against these criminal activities.
With absolute horror and great anger we learned about Sharmista’s kidnapping and other guides last night. We know Sharmista as a combative and very committed woman.
Her struggle for the environmental and popular movement “For land, livelihoods, ecology and environmental protection” is obviously also the reason for the cowardly attack on her and that she was attacked and abducted by thugs of the ruling party TMC.
We, more than 60 participants from about 15 countries have heard about your struggle at our European Conference of World Conferences on Women. Your courageous women, Aida, Dita, Borac, have told us how the rights of workers* are trampled underfoot, how you are criminalized and humiliated.
We send you our warmest greetings of solidarity. Your protest and struggle for your jobs, the punishment of the director for corruption and fraud that led to the destruction of your livelihoods are justified.
Likewise, the punishment of bankruptcy trustees who have proved to be henchmen of capital is justified.
Your struggle is one of many international struggles, so we need to strengthen our mutual consultation, information and coordination. This was a result of our European Conference of World Women.