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