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On March 8, an online meeting was held to mark International Women's Day, bringing together women from around Britain. It was a wonderfully uplifting event which affirmed the leading role that women have been playing and continue to play during this whole Covid-19 pandemic. Women throughout society have been leading the various struggles, in the political and social arenas, against social injustice, against war and warmongering, to defend the environment, and most notably in this past year, they have been fighting to defend and maintain the NHS, to protect the vulnerable and those in social care, and to fight for the education system and the arrangements needed to ensure that the wellbeing of the children and young people in the care of schools and further and higher education are safeguarded and the right to an education guaranteed.
The meeting affirmed that women have been and are continuing to fight to place the human being at the centre of all considerations, and have been speaking in their own name and taking a stand in defence of the rights of all. The meeting took a very militant stand alongside the peoples of the world fighting for democratic renewal and empowerment, and for the unblocking of the forward motion of society.
The online meeting heard a report on the recent mass demonstrations in Delhi where on March 7, the day before the meeting took place, some 70,000 to 80,000 women were involved in an action to mark 100 days of the farmers' protest as well as the upcoming International Women's Day. Women farmers from various districts of Punjab, including Bathinda, Barnala, Mansa, and Patiala, marched in their thousands to the borders of Delhi. The event was entirely organised and carried out by the women.
The meeting also heard about the stand that women are taking in Tigray and Northern Ethiopia where they are exposing the Ethiopian government's use of rape as a weapon of war. The meeting affirmed that it stands shoulder to shoulder with the Ethiopian and Eritrean women who have been organising to condemn such heinous acts and such co-ordinated violence against women.
The more formal side of the meeting was concluded by a performance of a recently-written solo violin work dedicated to the NHS entitled "Thank you NHS!" which was expertly played by a participant in the meeting. The atmosphere throughout was positive and determined and very friendly, and it concluded by affirming the conviction that women's security lies in the fight for the rights of all!
Long Live International Women's Day!