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(en) Ireland, The Workers Solidarity* # 85 - International Women's Day A Day to Highlight Women's Fight Against Oppression

Date Thu, 26 May 2005 10:57:31 +0300

International Women's Day (IWD) is on 8th March and is an
inherently political event that started in 1910 when Clara Zetkin
proposed that it be celebrated every year around the world at the
Second International Conference of Socialist Women.
This action was inspired by national women's days in the States
during the women's suffrage and trade union movement that had
been organised by socialist women including the Irish American
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. The types of actions and demands on IWD
have varied over the years, including a massive strike action that
fuelled the Russian revolution in February 1917.

There has been an institutionalization of the IWD, such as United
Nations and many governments' recognition of the day yet IWD
has avoided being commodified and many grassroots actions still
take place. There still is a need for the day and for the issues that
an international day like this pushes forward. There are issues of
care work not being paid or underpaid. There are issues with single
mothers and getting back to work, with immigrant workers and the
abuses they face by being bound to their employer and working in
isolated and often abusive situations.

Often international women's day is seen as a chance to highlight
women's oppression around the world, while avoiding our own
communities. In Ireland migrant workers, care work and
exploitation of flexible work are compounded with Irish women not
having the basic rights over their bodies and sexuality. With
abortion still illegal in Ireland there are many fights to be had here
at home.

This year in Dublin there were events ranging from anarchist
society talks and films in colleges to Amnesty international and
Global Women's strike. The range of issues being tackled are
abortion, violence, poverty, war and living wage. This is on top of
on going struggles in the libertarian community on issues of
gender, sexual assault, FGM and anti-racism.

by Tobie

Further reading

Womens Liberation http://struggle.ws/wsm/women.html
Modern anarchist writings by women

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