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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - International press release, On the front line, always on the exploited side ! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 7 Jul 2020 07:41:16 +0300


We women suffer from the social and economic crisis that started around the world after the appearance of the new coronavirus and its global expansion, but on top of that we suffer from gender-based violence. This situation is not new in a system of patriarchal domination, but it has taken particular forms in the current context, relegating us more and more to the private sphere and subordinating us more and more to the male figure. ---- Gender-based violence increased with confinement. Deprived of our families and our friends, we women who are forced to live with an aggressor, generally our partner, are trapped in this hellish situation. The initiatives taken by the States have been ineffective and insufficient to curb domestic violence and the problem, far from diminishing, has worsened ! The confinement prevented women victims of domestic violence from leaving the space of the home and finding outside support, because many women could not call in the presence of their attacker, who stayed at home.

The rise of femicide during confinement is a reality in Latin America and elsewhere. As for street harassment, it was not confined ! Although the streets have been emptied, confinement has not limited sexist and sexual assaults in public and open space, quite the contrary. With or without a mask, shopping, going to the doctor or working have become obligations for women who present themselves as the ideal terrain from which the stalkers have been able to take advantage.

The free work that we women do every day has also increased with confinement. In addition to ensuring that children are well nourished and do their homework, many women have had to telecommute, which has increased mental and emotional stress for all. In countries where measures have been taken to allow people to stay at home without having to go to work, it is still women who earn lower wages than men. As a result, since men are the "providers of the home", the distribution of domestic tasks has completely disappeared.

Some women were more affected than others by the crisis and confinement. The situation of refugee women, who are crammed into shelters or centers, is worrying, as is that of women from working-class neighborhoods and racialized women, because they are more exposed to the pandemic. Having informal jobs, they cannot stay at home and maintain their income, or maintain it by assuming household responsibilities. At the same time, the militarization of living spaces exposed us to police repression as did our children.

Patriarchy and capitalism profit from the free or poorly paid work of women in the name of "national unity". We are particularly vulnerable to the crisis because our jobs are more precarious than those of men and many of them work in essential sectors. Many workers, like those of us who work in supermarkets, health care and education, are on the front line of the pandemic, redoubling their efforts to stop it. These labor sectors, where women are in the majority, are generally poorly paid, but they are also sectors which are historically distinguished by their high level of fighting spirit for better wages, against layoffs and casualization.

It is also us, through our popular organizations, who have put solidarity and mutual aid into practice. State institutions have not been able to respond to the current crisis, which is why it is popular organizations, mostly made up of women, who have created different strategies to alleviate the crisis, through canteens , soup kitchens, supply networks, like the seamstresses who made masks, among others.

To the State, to bosses, to the police, to gender-based violence, to racists, to LGBTIphobes, we say: we will not give up and we will always fight to make our struggles visible, against all forms of domination. We are not on the front line with the capitalists, we are on the front line to transform society !

¡¡Arriba las que luchan !!

Signatories:

? Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira - CAB (BRAZIL)
? Alternativa Libertaria - AL / FDCA (ITALY)
? Federación Anarquista Uruguaya - FAU (URUGUAY)
? Federación Anarquista Rosario - FAR (ARGENTINA)
? Organización Anarquista Córdoba - OAC (ARGENTINA)
? Grupo Libertario Vía Libre (COLOMBIA)
? Union communiste libertaire (FRANCE)
? Workers Solidarity Movement - WSM (IRELAND)
? Die Plattform - Anarchakommunistische Organization (GERMANY)
? Organization Socialiste Libertaire - OSL (SUISSE)
? Libertaere Aktion (SUISSE)
? Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group - MACG (AUSTRALIA)
? Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement - AWSM (Aotearoa / NEW ZEALAND)
? Anarchist Unión of Afghanistan and Iran - AUAI (IRAN & AFGHANISTAN)

https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?En-premiere-ligne-toujours-du-cote-des-exploite-es
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