|Volume 50 Number 8, March 7, 2020||ARCHIVE||HOME||JBCENTRE||SUBSCRIBE|
International Women's Day, March 8, is the day when women nationally and internationally affirm their being, and pledge that they will continue to fight for their rights and the rights of all. Women throughout society are leading the various struggles, both political and social, against social injustice, against war and warmongering, to defend the environment, and fighting to place the human being at the centre of all considerations whilst stepping up their conviction to say No! to all attempts to carry out such retrogression in their name. Indeed, women the world over declare that we speak in our own name and stand alongside the peoples of the world fighting for democratic renewal, for the unblocking of the forward motion of society and for people's empowerment.
All over the world women shoulder the brunt of the anti-social offensive and the neo-liberal agenda. They are at the forefront of opposing imperialist aggression and war and striving to establish anti-war governments, turning things around in favour of the people. Women are refusing to be diverted from the struggles which the society is waging against all the effects of the anti-social offensive.
Not only that, but in the fight for empowerment, women are also at the forefront of taking up this perspective in the people's struggles. They are rejecting that women are fair game, and are everywhere militantly taking up responsibility for the fate of society, the right to conscience and for social justice. They are working for solutions, upholding the rights of all women, including those incarcerated in immigrant detention centres, and will not be reconciled to the mantra that the issue is simply one of correcting gross inequalities, finding the right balance or that the ruling elite should be more transparent.
Yes, the gender pay gap is real and to take a stand against it is important. But this is not a stand of women against men. It is part of the struggle for social justice and for the rights of all. And then there is the battle of democracy itself, in which women affirm their right to be part of decision-making. All across the board they are refusing to be hide-bound, and are making common cause with the necessity to bring about a modern society. For an anti-war government is the watchword on the lips of women. Women are taking a stand to bring about a culture of peace. This underlines that the question of an anti-war government is the question of forging a modern democratic personality. How can this personality be forged without the participation of women, front and centre?
It is clear, therefore, what a powerful and irresistible force are women and their struggles everywhere. These struggles are not confined to, limited to, "gaining equality with men", which is what the ruling elite would like to shackle the women's movement to, which would remain a prospect ever beyond the horizon. As the going gets tougher, the collectives of women get more inspired, take up more positions of leadership in the movements of the people, and affirm the vision of a new world of socialised humanity.
Women are setting their sights high. They are making common cause with the struggle of working people everywhere. Internationally is it not women who are in the forefront? At the same time they are being forced to bear the brunt of imperialist wrecking, chaos and havoc. No wonder they are in the forefront alongside all working people. It has become almost a truism that on International Women's Day, women affirm their rights. But this is very concrete. Society has reached the stage where these rights must be guaranteed. People must be the decision-makers and affirm a modern society that guarantees rights of women, national minorities, nations and peoples, affirms the right to peaceful resolution of conflicts between nations and peoples, and affirms the sovereignty of peoples against imperialist aggression.
This year we celebrate the victory over fascism. This victory gave rise to a great surge, a momentum, of which the women were an inseparable part. It gave rise to profound changes, to a declaration of a rules-based international order. All this has been torn up by the financial oligarchs and their marauding round the world that the ruling elites represent, the ruling elites who usurped by deception and force the governing of society. Women are saying No! to these oligarchs and these representatives, and whilst declaring to the world that "We speak in our own name!" and together we work to build a vision of a future fit for all human beings.
All hail the contribution of women! The conditions demand that these contributions move from success to victory, to the emancipation of women and the whole of society.