Migrante-Canada's call on International Women's Day 2010:
Working class women, unite against imperialist globalization!
Manila Baguio Calamba Davao Negros Hong Kong Toronto
March 8, 2010
As we observe the 100th anniversary of the
birth of the militant women's movement, we pay tribute to all the
courageously spirited toiling women who then fought to advance equal
rights in society, better pay at work and the right to vote. Even as there
have been significant changes in the status of women since then,
imperialist globalization today poses new challenges and forms of
--- From the statement of Migrante - Canada
|Photos courtesy of Migrante - Canada|
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2010 COMMON STATEMENT
IWD 2010 Organizing Committee*
Delivered at the March 13 IWD Event
We live under a world system of imperialism and capitalism marked by deep crisis which
affects everyone and the women more so.
Capitalist government agenda around the world is to attack women in all aspects. By cutting social services, reducing the number of schools, cutting children’s food budgets, closing down of public services, women centers, nurseries and so on, these governments are meeting their goal, which is making more and more profits.
On the other hand they give tax relief to the big corporations. They increase their military budgets.To maintain their profits, they need markets, resources and cheep labours. So, they go to the other countries for investment. They support the most despotic governments as long as these governments cope with their wishes; otherwise they plan for a coup or for an invasion and occupation, like what happened to Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan and Honduras.
It is an undeniable fact that women are among the worst affected, wherever they may be in the world, by patriarchy and backwardness, by poverty and war, by militarization, by domestic violence, by lower wages, by the burden of family responsibilities and also by religion.
In response, women are in the forefront of various struggles but not only for women's rights. Women also stand firmly in the frontlines of a growing international people’s movement against imperialist war and plunder, occupation, exploitation and oppression.
As women, we take courage and inspiration from the struggles and triumphs of women who continue to struggle against the oppression which is three fold -- in their workplaces, their homes and even by the state.
As women who live in Canada but with strong ties to our home countries, we link hands and stand in solidarity with the -----
- The women of Afghanistan who continue to oppose occupation and dare expose
the hypocrisy of a war ravaging their country under the guise of liberating them. They are living under an Islamic rules that is supported by all means by NATO and the United States
- The women in Guatemala who continue to fight against “femicide” or the widespread, gender-based killings committed with impunity, and who continue to fight for justice for the nearly 2,200 women and girls who have been murdered since 2001.
- The women of Iran who have been fighting with a sexual theocratic apartheid regime over the last 30 years. Women who demand separation of church and state and demand for freedom and equality are brutally oppressed, arrested, jailed, tortured and executed.
- The women in the Philippines who stand on the front lines of the struggle for national and social liberation, opposing the US-backed war on terror perpetrated by their government which has taken hundreds of lives of community and human rights activists; with the Filipino women political prisoners and the mothers and wives of the missing activists in the Philippines.
- Iraqi women whose lives are affected by violence caused by war and occupationand who continue to live under an Islamic regime backed by the U.S. military.
- The women of Mexico who fight for justice for the hundreds of women killed with impunity around the export-processing zones of Ciudad Juarez; the housewives in Oaxaca, Mexico, when they took part in a people's takeover of the city in defiance of governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, where they managed to run a local television station in 2006; with the Zapatista women in rebel Zapatista communities who through the Women's Revolutionary Law now have a right to health, nutrition, education, the ability to choose the number of children they will bear and care for, and the ability to not be forced into marriage. They also banned the consumption of drugs and alcohol because they felt they are the most affected by the poverty and violence it causes.
- The Tamil women of Sri Lanka who have fought a genocidal regime while the major powers, including Canada, watch in complicity.
- The Native women in Canada who fought to regain their Indian status when they married non-aboriginal men and who continue to fight government bureaucracy and gender discrimination so that their children, grandchildren and all future descendants are not shut out; with the Native women in Canada who continue to seek justice for the missing Native women,
- The Indigenous Women everywhere who work the land, who are most severely affected by development aggression and environmental degradation, yet struggle against the loss of land and lives.
- The women of Palestine who, as a result of sixty years Israeli’s occupation, have not only been subject to increasing violence, but their responsibilities within households have expanded due to the death, imprisonment or unemployment of male members of households.
- With our lesbian sisters and transgendered sisters who have to fight against attacks and homophobia and who continue to fight for their human rights.
- Sex trade workers in all countries who experience violence to an exceptional degree.
- With South African women whose government is failing to adequately protect women working in commercial farming areas.
- With women in Uganda, Cameron and other parts of Africa who are subject to the increasing risk of contracting HIV.
- With the women of El Salvador who fight against big mining corporations in their country at great risk to their lives and families.
- With women in Bosnia who are forced by the thousands into prostitution by traffickers, with thousands of Thai and Burmese women who are “trafficked” every year into Japan where many of them endure slavery-like conditions in the Japanese sex industry.
It is obvious that women’s situation around the world is quite similar to each other. Because under the world that we live in, the capitalist system is looking for profit. And the profit can only be maintained by sustaining inequalities in the human societies.
Canada is no different.
Every day we hear news of factories, hospitals and public services shutting down and the consequent layoffs. And we see that women are the first victims of these layoffs. In fact unemployment and poverty is being feminized. We link hands with -------
- The many migrant women in Canada forced to leave their families to work overseas and who work in isolation inside their employers' homes, in hotel and service industries as temporary foreign workers and in the farms as seasonal agricultural workers but who try to assert their rights as workers, women and as human beings.
- Thousands of women in Canada who continue to fight for gender equity so that women's wages are not lower than that of men with similar qualifications; the women who fight hard to get the message of universal childcare in Canada, and to the women who continue to battle against funding cuts to women's and children's programs.
As women, we know where our place is and that is in the struggle -- in the struggle for a global militant women's movement for a better life for all humankind.
And we will march, like the women before us in many parts of the globe, and the people will hear us singing: Bread and roses, pan y rosas, tinapay at rosas, bread and roses.
Long live International Women’s Day! Long Live International Solidarity!
-Brittania Community Centre, March 13 2001
IWD- 2010 Organizing Committee
*Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights ~ Iranian Centre for Peace, Freedom and Social Justice ~ New Noise (Mexico) ~ Migrante BC~Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean Solidarity ~ Nishga'a Native Women Organizing Committee ~ Cultural House of Malawna (Afghanistan) ~ FMLN-Vancouver (El salvador) ~ UNAM-Guatemala ~ International League of People's Struggle-Canada
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