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(en) Greece, APO - Text, poster and banner on November 25th from the initiative of women against patriarchy Posted by dwarf (gr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:52:52 +0200

AGAINST A STATE AND PATRIARCHIA ---- ABOUT HANDLING AND FREEDOM ---- November 25th is set by the UN as a day to eradicate violence against women. This particular day has been established since 1991, when women's organizations wished to commemorate the memory of the three Mirabal brothers from the Dominican Republic who were tortured, beaten and strangled to death on the order of the dictator Truhillo on November 25, 1960. On the occasion of the day this - and not because we are interested in putting our struggle against patriarchy in one or two days a year - we are given the opportunity to talk about some issues. ---- Establishing such a day does not mean eliminating violence against women. Once again, we see that, behind the regime's introduction of such days, there are modern versions of this treaty. This day is another attempt to distort the case of female emancipation. It is something that does not give us any impression that it is not redeeming and re-allocating it from the sovereignty and the existing system. But we are here to put the issues against patriarchy and the system that nourishes it again.

Patriarchy is one of the foundations of the world of power and a key element of its social reproduction. As women, in addition to the exploitation and oppression imposed in general at the bottom, we are experiencing oppression also in the field of gender segregation, as yet another form of repression stemming from the structure of the dominant system. The intensity of the attack we receive at all levels can not therefore be different from what we accept in the field of discrimination because of our sex or our sexuality.

Modern events of patriarchy are intensifying as the systemic crisis intensifies, the attack of the sovereigns and the effort of ruling society. The countless recent examples are clear. Going back a few years back in 2012, with the serpentage of women seropositive in a period of zero tolerance and extermination to the modern condemnation of a 22-year-old woman in Corinth who defended herself against her rapist, thousands of daily examples of violence against women different fields. The dozens of rapes, humiliation and further assault on women fighters, repressive enterprises, special working conditions of women, trafficking are just some of them,

"The discovery that there was absolute equality between men and women in the black-workers' communities would have terrified the servants because they seemed to be trying to break this chain of equality by oppressing women in a particularly brutal way. (...) Since black women had managed to gain consciousness of their power, violent sexual assaults - according to the slaves' logic - would remind them of their substantial and unchanging femininity. According to the logic of the era that wanted the male ruler, femininity meant passivity and weakness, "says Angela Davis at another age.

The attack on women's femininity is so far an attempt to remind their feminine nature as something that separates them from men and something that can be repressed and tortured further by them.

Freedom is neither granted nor granted, but defined and conquered through the struggles themselves. Gender suppression is not separated from all the other forms of oppression that stem from the structure and operation of the dominant system. The struggle of women to release them from the bonds of patriarchy is an integral part of the struggle for the abolition of state and capitalist imposition. To collectivize as women, to organize and to resist all together, with the workers, the unemployed, the students, the students, to unite our voices and our actions with a vision of a society of equality, freedom and solidarity.

We are inspired by the 19th century American Black Workers' blacksmith's resistance, by the organization and vigor of anarchist comrades in Spain in 1996, as well as by contemporary examples of women's resistance in Chiapas, Turkey and Rotava, and we continue the struggle against patriarchy, the state and capitalism ...



Women's Initiative Against Patriarchy

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