Rosario, by Cabrera Moreno | Granma
“Without women, the enormous work of the Revolution would not have been possible. Throughout these difficult years, there has been no economic, social or political task, there has been no scientific, cultural or sporting achievement, there has been no contribution to the defence of our land and the sovereignty of the Homeland, which has not relied on the invariably enthusiastic and patriotic presence of the Cuban woman. No one like her has made the greatest sacrifices in the special period (…) nor risen up such that her everyday effort becomes a feat.”
Fidel Castro Ruz | March 8, 2018 10:03:15
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls on Canadians to go all out to make March 8 International Women’s Day 2017 a success.
This year, International Women’s Day is taking place at a time of heightened consciousness of the need to renew the resistance. Millions have taken part in demonstrations to reject government of police powers represented by the new Trump administration as well as repudiate the misogyny, racism and aggression espoused by the U.S. and other big powers, some in the name of progressive values. Many are also becoming conscious of the need for political movements in defence of rights and against war. How to identify and overcome what is blocking the fight for women’s rights and contribute to the emancipation of all working people is on everyone’s minds. One conclusion increasingly drawn is that the existing institutions the people are saddled with are anachronistic. Continue reading
Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko of Ukraine – her total of confirmed kills during World War II was 309, including 36 enemy snipers.
“In Canada she was presented with a sighted Winchester rifle now on display at the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow. While visiting in Canada along with Vladimir Pchelintsev (fellow sniper) and Nikolai Krasavchenko (Moscow fuel commissioner) they were greeted by thousands of people at Toronto’s Union Station.”
One hundred and five years ago, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated to focus on the call for peace issued by women in Europe prior to World War I. Already at that time, working women were becoming conscious of the need to coordinate their struggle and express unity for their cause worldwide. On February 28, 1909 women textile workers issued a call for an international day of action of women workers. A meeting of the Socialist International held in December 1910 reiterated this demand. In a short time, March 8 became the day when women of all countries would express their unity with one another in their struggle for emancipation. Continue reading
Thousands of striking women gather in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1975.
On October 24, 1975, Iceland’s women went on strike, refusing to do any work – outside or inside the home – taking “the day off” from paid labour, housework, and child care. An estimated 90 per cent of Icelandic women participated & 25,000 – a tenth of the population – gathered at a rally in Reykjavik. Held during the period of Icelandic resistance against British plunder of its cod stocks (the Cod Wars), it was the largest demonstration in the nation’s history since the 1949 popular opposition to Iceland’s membership in NATO and the presence of U.S. military bases, and shut down the entire country. Airports were closed, schools were closed, and hospitals couldn’t function. An article the day after said, “The militant women…staged their token stoppage to show just how indispensable they are. And the men, who treated all the strike threats as a huge joke, began to get the point.” The day was later remembered as “the long Friday.” The following year, Iceland’s Parliament (now half women) passed a law guaranteeing women equal pay and paid maternity leave. Four years later, Iceland elected the world’s first female President. And today, Iceland has the highest gender equality in the world.
From Women’s History Archives: Women’s Strike in Reykjavik, Iceland, 1975.