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(en) Italy, FDCA, Cantier #24: March 8th, nothing to celebrate! (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 8 Apr 2024 10:35:20 +0300

On this date of war, we believe it is appropriate to underline that in Italy, in 2023 alone, 118 women killed, of which 96 in the family or emotional context, were killed at the hands of exes, partners, husbands, boyfriends and the number continues to grow also in 2024. ---- The following is an elaboration of the "Ethical and gender policy commission of the Federation of Anarchist Communists" which dates back to 8 March 2013, old in terms of time but very current in its contents which we claim entirely and which, as "Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA, we propose again as a contribution to the reflection as we approach 8 March 2024, in a world shocked by bloody conflicts which still see women personally involved as victims.

After centuries of silence, Italy too finally discovers feminicide. And the showgirl woman (object for sale) gives way to the victim woman (object of violence).
Sacrosanctly account for the increase in gender violence, undermine the silence of the system and denounce the absence of support networks. But the media attention to extreme victimization remains at best a denunciation, it privileges good women, often overshadowing the irregular and the most fragile women (prostitutes, foreigners, trans), it denies the right to speak to the victims, usually dead, to leave it to everyone around. Always, still, women are made weak.
It is the profound economic crisis, the social cuts, the exclusion from the world of work that reduce them once again to home angels relegated to the role of carers or "necessarily loving" mothers due to the unaffordable costs of nursery schools, schools nursery schools and the disappearance of full time in schools, disastrous economic situations, families, at best, with a single income, seasoned with discontent, hardship and sacrifices, which leads women to be increasingly exposed to gender violence, violence which manifests itself through away in different forms that can lead to the extreme act. Economic dependence on the partner often gives rise to psychological violence caused by having to ask for money at home in order to manage the
"primary" needs of the family unit in a tiring slalom in search of the cheapest discount store.
But to make ourselves strong we need to start talking about work, about rights, about claiming a space for women. Their ability to free themselves from oppressive constraints, more or less consciously, and to open up spaces of freedom and transformation depends on women's material living conditions.
If capitalism has always considered us a reserve army for the labor market, for centuries female workers have fought against subordination to the logic of a female economy useful only as support for the family, which could therefore be satisfied with an economic value inferior.
If in the nineties, in the face of a stable male employment rate, there was a growth in women's participation in the labor market, this coincided with a progressive "feminisation" of the labor market which paved the way for the "flexibility" or the progressive dismantling of the rights of male and female workers.
And if the feminization of the market has also led to phenomena of desegregation in favor of women, at the expense of a widespread phenomenon of subcontracting care work to other women, at the same time it has meant an increase in demand for "poor" work and has favored the process of flexibilization - precarization. Thus the ideology of the natural destiny of women in the role of caring for children, the elderly, the sick, the ideological counterattack, the so-called patriarchal and capitalist backlash, against radical feminism and the freedom of women in public and private choices, has worked to disavow of women in their claim to participate in public space at 360 degrees as collectively recognized actors in the social space, in the life of so-called democratic countries.
The short circuit occurred in the (poor, more vaunted than real) implementation of policies for "conciliation" of women's life and work times, carried out in an unfortunate and contradictory way together with the progressive dismantling of public welfare. Women were proposed, and now imposed by the economic crisis, to reconcile their many obligatory commitments in the workplace and in keeping the destinies of their families going, instead of aiming for sharing and co-responsibility in care tasks.
The progressive privatization of welfare has done the rest: very high service costs in the face of very low wages for women, or the progressive incentivization of part-time work, are leading to further precariousness and the subsequent mass exit from the world of work, precisely in conjunction with the crisis that was prepared for a long time and struck at the end of the last decade. The result is before the eyes of all of us, the women who have been forced culturally and economically to suffer massively flexibility and precariousness to the point of reaching levels of new poverty which reach tragic levels in the lives of separated or divorced women with children. Gender violence, a phenomenon that has always been present and strong in patriarchal society against women who have expressed a desire for independence and autonomy in the face of the rules given as natural and obvious within family ties, has thus increased because the value of women in capitalism it has decreased exponentially and so has the ability to actually act on requests for freedom that women today experience as necessary for their survival in a world that is becoming increasingly oppressive.
This is why as anarchist communist feminists we propose for this March 8th to put attention back at the center of the living and working conditions of women, young and old, citizens of the earth and not of a single nation, in an international and European perspective , encouraging spaces of cultural and economic-social awareness that lead to a new conflict between women against capitalism which has targeted us with its desire to destroy any recognition of the dignity of work and the worker, of exploitation without any rules.
We must forcefully ask that in this historical phase there be no further discrimination to the detriment of women, who have always been affected in their most delicate phases of life, starting from the right to self-determination.
We strongly desire to meet again and find solidarity, sisterhood, anger, a constructive anger for our present and for a future that we do not want and must not hand over to our young people with exploitation, violence, discrimination of Today.
We want to take back our lives, the awareness of our value, our abilities, we want to be able to live a dignified, free and conscious life.
May it be women today who say enough and present themselves as revolutionary subjects, in a common path that goes beyond all boundaries, because, after all, this is March 8th and it is the only March 8th possible. With the hope and desire to continue building it all year round.

Libertarian Alternative/FdCA

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