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(en) Poland, Workers'Initiative, 8th of March Women day -- We do not leave any of the women alone [machine translation]

Date Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:37:04 +0200

Text of the speech by Sylwia Rebosz from the Warsaw Environmental Commission of the OZZ IP at the 19th Warsaw Manifa (4.03.2018) ---- I am standing here as a representative of the National Trade Union Workers' Initiative, but above all as a woman who is no exception and who has also been oppressed by the patriarchal society. Today, many important issues have been raised from this scene: demand-based abortion, tenant matters or labor rights sex workerek. I would also like to hear the voice of workers struggling with depression in the era of capitalism. ---- I asked women familiar to me for a statement on this matter. ---- A few of my friends told me that they never took a day off, despite the lack of strength to get out of bed. They were afraid that even in seemingly open factories they would meet with ostracism.

Or when a colleague rejected a dismissal issued by a medical doctor at work. If it was not for the support of the nearest people, it would be possible that she would not have the strength to fight.

However, a colleague from the collective - extremely systematic in what she does - was disciplinary dismissed when she left the workplace, because she felt that the eternal rat race would relegate her - a person with depression - to a lost position.

The blame for this state of affairs is capitalism, which is nothing more than a tool of privileged classes for disciplining and closing mouths to women.

We, in the Workers' Initiative, do not leave any of the women alone. We are side by side with each other, because we know that this is the only revolution. Patriarchate tries to cast us in the roles of rivals, set against each other. It's time to show him the middle finger.

Solidarity with our weapons!

When I see them, I see us

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, we publish an article by Katarzyna Rakowska (a member of the Commission Working in Non-Governmental Organizations of OZZ IP), which appeared in this year's "Gazeta Dosci" published by the Women's Agreement on March 8 .
I saw two short films on the internet last year. In the first of these women from around the world protested against the oppressive policy of government and patriarchal violence. There were Black Units of the United States and Canada fighting against police killings and racial profiling, there were Argentinean women protesting against feminicide, there were women from Lebanon and Egypt, former residents of Russia, Turkey and Pakistan. I was also, shouting the words of the song "A furious pillar" . The film was announced by the Global Women's Strike 2017.

The second film depicted a campaign of solidarity between black residents and residents of the USA with people living in Occupied Palestine. The leitmotif of the movie is the slogan: When I see them, I see them (When I see them, I see us).

When in the spring of last year I watched reports from the Global Strike of Women, my words were in my head: When I see them, I see us. The Global Women's Strike shows that in every corner of the world violence against women is good, that every state bases its actions on it, that patriarchy is global. The same company that controls the supply of water in Occupied Palestine competed in the tender for the privatization of Athenian waterworks. The same corporation that forces self-employment in Poland and participates in the privatization of health care, places factories in China, in which hundreds of girls perform low-paid, unsafe work. Every year thousands of Tajek, Ukrainians, Mexicans and Polish women are forced to leave their children in the care of their family, friends or state institutions and seeking employment as cleaners and nannying hundreds of kilometers from your home. When I see them, I see us.

But our resistance is also global. The struggle for access to land in India, for access to medical services in Ethiopia, for the installation of central heating in Praga's tenements, for preventing kidnappings and rapes in Mexico is a struggle for the same cause. When I see them, I see us.

In the Workers' Initiative, we say that you will not be able to overcome the exploitation of the law, there will come a good tsar who will give you more rights. The Global Women's Strike shows that our history is a story of solidarity and resistance.

When we started a campaign against network agreements 10 years ago, even some leftist activists and activists believed that our fight was lost. Today, liberal politicians and the media talk about the harmfulness of mass-junk employment. It happened thanks to our stubbornness, solidarity and courage, not thanks to the change of several governments. Our history is a story of courage and resistance, not a history of asking and petitions.

When I see them, I see us. We stand together. We win.

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