8th March, International Working Women’s Day hailed by communist and workers’ parties and communist women’s organisations with statements, events and rallies aroung the world. (To be updated)
ICP, 09 March 2018
COMMUNIST PARTY OF MEXICO
The Popular Democratic Left and the Communist Party of Mexico (CPM) denounced the liberal-bourgeois ideology that has tried to turn March 8 into a celebration to strip this day of its commemorative character, of the struggle of the working women for their historical demands. In order ot definitively end oppression over women, the CPM underline that first, communist women and men should assume the commitment to make visible, denounce and condemn harassment, impunity, gender violence in institutions and workplaces; second, this struggle is completely twinned, today more than ever, with the defense of our class interests. To read full article. [ES]
COMMUNIST PARTY OF GREECE (KKE)
The Communist Party of Greece organized a political and cultural event in Athens, gathering hundreds of women and men of all ages. Among chants saying ‘With KKE in the struggle for the equality and the contemporary needs of women’ General Secretary of the CC of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas made a speech underlining the heroism of working class women who had fought in the ranks of KKE, EAM-ELAS and Democratic Army during the war. For detailes of the event and speech.
COMMUNIST PARTY OF TURKEY (TKP)
Communist Women from the Communist Party of Turkey condemned the reactionary political oppression and measures exploiting women underlining its roots with capitalism. Communist Women held street rallies in Istanbul and Ankara saying "We call on you to strengthen the struggle for socialism together in order to live in an enlightened Turkey where women will be the equal elements of the society". See details of the event.
COMMUNIST PARTY OF ISRAEL (MAKI)
The Communist Party of Israel announced that it would hold on Friday, March 9, a march of solidarity with African asylum seekers and refugees facing deportation from Israel will be held in Tel Aviv in conjunction with a commemoration of International Women’s Day. The march would be “spearheaded by the brave women who dare to stand up to injustice: to stand against the deportation and for South Tel Aviv, and to demand respect, recognition and equality for the refugee community.” To follow the event.
COMMUNIST PARTY USA (CPUSA)
Communist Party USA underlined in its statement that International Women’s Day calls for a double task, first, to recognize that women suffer disproportionately from every aspect of capitalist exploitation and oppression, from poverty and austerity to environmental degradation and imperialism, second, to celebrate—and to advance—the leadership of women in the fight for a better world with all democratic, progressive, and revolutionary forces. For full text.
COMMUNIST PARTY OF SWAZILAND
The Communist Party of Swaziland issued a statement underlining the deeply patriarchal character of Swaziland society and that the CP aligns itself with the women under oppression of the patriarchal tinkhundla regime. It said, 'The regime gives the few elite women enough to appease them, keep them quiet and thereafter recognise them as representatives of all the women of Swaziland. It is these elite women who are thereafter used by the regime to misrepresent women of Swaziland during Women’s Day events organised by the government or in which the government participates.' For the rest of the statement.
TUDEH PARTY OF IRAN (TPI):
Tudeh Party of Iran issued a statement on 11 March condemning the raid on the demonstration of the women campaigners for equality in front of the Ministry of Labour on Thursday 8th March. The TPI demanded "the unconditional and immediate release of all those who were arrested on International Women’s Day, the numerous detainees of the December/January protest movement of the masses, the workers arrested during recent labour protests and all those who were arrested during the Dervish protests over recent weeks." The statement hailed the struggle to get rid of theocratic rule, to end the injustice and oppression and to achieve liberty once and for all. For full statement.