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.
Israel has kidnapped nearly 15,000 Palestinian women since 1967
Palestinian detainee Lina Jarbouni, 40, from ‘Arraba al-Batouf in the Galilee, has been held by Israel for the thirteenth consecutive year without trial.
More than 30 Palestinians, mostly women, were injured as Israeli troops forcibly dispersed a peaceful march marking International Womens’ Day on Friday, Ma’an News Agency reports. Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas canisters, stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets, and pepper spray at hundreds of women to prevent them from reaching the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah . Fourteen of the 30 injured were evacuated to hospitals. Continue reading
All Out to Uphold the Rights of Women! Join In! For Calendar of Events across Canada, see here
Women in the front ranks of the demand for Renewal
On March 8, women and their allies will be holding actions to mark International Women’s Day, an important occasion to affirm that women have rights by virtue of their womanhood as well as all the other rights which belong to them as members of society said to be based on equal rights, human rights, citizenship rights, minority rights, civil rights, etc. Continue reading
All out to make International Women’s Day a success!
TML Daily – International Woman’s Day is an occasion for the entire humanity to reaffirm the necessity to bring about the profound changes required to create a world in which women’s rights are recognized. Women’s rights entail far more than just equal civil rights at a time even these are given perfunctory standing and they are not even recognized in far too many countries. Besides recognizing women’s civil rights, women must be provided with everything they require to participate in all aspects of life on an equal basis. Women’s rights must be provided with the economic, social, cultural and political conditions women and children and all members of society require to flourish. Their rights require constitutional guarantees together with enabling legislation and conditions, so that the equality of women becomes a reality and their emancipation becomes the true mark of a progressive society. Continue reading