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International Women's Day 2005
There Is An Alternative and We Will Create It!

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International Women's Day 2005
There Is An Alternative and We Will Create It!

Meeting of RCPB(ML) Women Activists

Honour the Working Women of the World!
Continue the Struggle against Imperialism!

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International Women's Day 2005
There Is An Alternative and We Will Create It!

-- RCPB(ML), March 8, 2005 --

On International Women’s Day 2005, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) sends its militant and revolutionary greetings to all women across Britain and throughout the world. This year International Women’s Day is being celebrated within the context of the growing and open fascisation of the state. This manifests itself in a stepping up of the whole anti-social offensive against society by the ruling elites all under the guise of a so-called "Third Way" programme of progressive governance. We have seen the attacks against the various sections of society increase. Public services in the form of schools, hospitals and transport are being openly and rapidly dismantled and made available to the monopolies for exploitation. The British state openly engages in the occupation and subjugation of other nations whilst at the same time now openly dismissing and legislating away the various rights and laws in defence of the people of Britain and of social justice that previous generations had fought so hard to establish. Amidst this all-sided attack going on against the people, women have been at the forefront of leading the fight against this anti-social offensive. By their very work and existence, women find themselves under attack at the cutting edge of this "pay-the-rich" society and are standing up in the front ranks of those fighting for peace, social progress and for the alternative.

The question of "Who decides?" is very much on the agenda and the bourgeoisie has not been slow to recognise the potential strength of the collective of women within society as a whole. Their whole agenda has been to marginalise the various groups and collectives in society, but the New Labour government has, ironically, been doing this under the guise of giving "power to the people". In this context, it has been keen to display a certain sympathy towards women. But the simple truth is that any women who works for the New Labour programme finds herself working for the very things that will undermine women in society, things such as the closure of hospitals, cuts in education and welfare programmes, and aggressive policies directed against the youth, the elderly and finally against anyone who opposes the new dictates of this fascistic government. The rhetoric speaks of "power to the people" but the reality is that this Labour government has affected a coup where they have tried to convince the society that they are representing the interests of the working class and people but their agenda is about attacking the rights of the people and enriching the capitalist monopolies and financial oligarchy.

In terms of women, the society that has been put in place, as well as being chauvinist, is also "patriarchal", so women, in order to participate in the society, get drawn into supporting the reactionary programmes. It’s the old fascist notion that a women’s role is determined by her gender and she must concern herself only with children, the kitchen and with the church (or the spiritual well-being of the family). However, this return to these backward notions only serves to highlight the crisis of values that currently exists in society. So, on the one hand, women are encouraged to be "independent" and all the big parties in displaying like trophies the women that stand as candidates for their programmes practise the policy of elite-accommodation, for instance. On the other hand, women are bearing the brunt of the anti-social programmes being carried out in society and are being directly blamed for not standing for these out-moded values.

So, the question of women, whilst it begins with the fight against the humiliation of and discrimination against women in the economic, political and social spheres, is in today’s Britain, quickly translating into a political struggle for the rights of all and for a different society. And this struggle for rights is throwing up the whole question of the growing crisis in society and the issue of "Who decides?" – what type of society we have and where it is going. Indeed, women are at the forefront of the struggle for rights.

Women now need to step up their struggle to take up the programme of the working class to plant the alternative to the party-dominated system and to affirm their rights as a collective of women in society. They also need to recognise the lie of this present system. This government and the present arrangements being put in place in Britain are there to accelerate the whole anti-social offensive against the working class and people of Britain. They are further leading, in accordance with the "civilising mission" of the authority father-figure of new British colonialism, Tony Blair, to the imposition of these anachronistic and out-of-place arrangements across the world, if necessary with corrective measures of violence, aggression, torture and collective punishment, and certainly with the denial of self-determination.

This must be stopped and a new future built. Women must deepen the fight to affirm their rights and the rights of all, and must at the same time intensify the work to build the alternative here in Britain.

Defend and fight for the rights of all in society!

Take up the struggle to expose and defeat the lie of the "Third Way" programme!

No to war and aggression against the peoples of the world!

There is an alternative and we will create it!

Long Live International Women’s Day!

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Meeting of RCPB(ML) Women Activists

On International Women’s Day, women activists of RCPB(ML) from across the country, are meeting in London to mark the occasion. They are planning to use the opportunity to affirm their role in the struggle to prevent the fascisation of the state and the struggle to stop the reactionary "Third Way" programme of New Labour. They will also use the opportunity to affirm that there is a way out of the crisis and to discuss the experience of women in fighting for their rights and for the rights of all as an integral part of working to create the alternative on the soil of Britain.

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Honour the Working Women of the World!
Continue the Struggle against Imperialism!

- GABRIELA International -

On the 95th commemoration of International Women's Day, created by women engaged in the struggle for women's rights against monopoly capitalism, we call on the women of the world to recognise and honour the women who create the greater share of the profits of imperialist globalisation. Often unpaid or paid at less than subsistence level; barely recognised in large sections of the world as human beings; bought, sold, traded and enslaved, deprived of their rights and freedoms, and oppressed, these women nevertheless bear the greater burden for the survival of families, communities and even entire nations economically and spiritually. They are the finest expression of the nobility of the human spirit even as the conditions of oppression and exploitation under which they live constitute the worst expression of humanity's rapacity.

This International Women's Day comes in the midst of two wars of aggression (in Afghanistan and Iraq) and threats of more (Iran, North Korea and Syria) wars. It comes in the midst of the continuing impoverishment of peoples – whether in the developed or undeveloped countries – and the continuing enrichment of transnational corporations and their shareholders. Truly, we live at a time when monopoly capitalism is engaged in a rapacious re-casting of the world after its own image. Power and profit are reserved for a few while the rest of us have only a lifetime of wage-slavery, if not outright slavery, and powerlessness to look forward to. As in the corporate structure, the most hierarchical and most tyrannical organisation created by humankind, those who work the hardest and longest earn the least while those who sit in air-conditioned rooms fatten themselves on multimillion-dollar salaries and dividends.

The violence that this acute contradiction breeds in the world today must be ended. We have seen the steady constriction of rights, freedoms and public space for women the world over. We have seen women suffer both collateral and enduring damage in wars launched by imperialism. Women and children constitute 70% of collateral damage, while enduring damage is done through the creation of the breeding grounds for the traffic of women and children, religious fundamentalism and violence against women. We have seen conditions inimical to women legitimised "ostensibly" for the good of the women – from capital's assault on the human body in prostitution to the removal of overtime pay under the so-called "flex-time work." We have seen gender oppression in the household transferred from the well-off women of the First World to the women of the Third World, who have been impoverished by the bloodsucking International Monetary Fund/World Bank and the World Trade Organisation. We have seen women's knowledge of plants and medicines patented for the exclusive use and control of transnational corporations. We have seen women's bodies experimented on medically to generate profits in an entertainment world that caters mainly to male fantasy. We have seen women murdered when they choose to protest and speak out, whether at home, in the workplace or in countries contending against globalisation.

Time to end this. We call for women of the world, especially poor and working women, to unite and finally shatter the conceptual link between women and private property. Let us not wait another hundred years for political, social and economic equality. Let us start by reclaiming March 8 as the International Working Women's Day from the cooption of the US and other imperialist states through United Nation-sponsored and government-sponsored celebrations. We call on the women of the world to strengthen and expand the women's anti-imperialist front. Continue the struggle for women's liberation, class emancipation and national liberation. Let us forge on in militant sisterhood!

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