March 8, International Women's Day against Gender Oppression!
March 8 the International Women's Day is approaching! The day that
the women all over the world line up! The day of Rebellion! The day of Unity and Solidarity of women!
The powerful presence of women on all fronts of the struggle
against the oppressors in a world scale is so widespread and eye-catching that
it has captivated the attention of the people all over the world. Women's
struggles every year is broader and taking a more offensive posture than the
previous year. The struggles of women in Mexico, Turkey, Germany, India,
Poland, Argentina, Iran, etc. against the rotten relations of patriarchy and male chauvinism have breathed
new life into the world at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has taken the
breath of many people away. The cry of the women for the change of the
subjugated situation that they are trapped in is reverberating in a world
scale. The enormous energy for such struggles originate from the rage and hate
for an oppression that is striking hard on the back of billions of women. In
one place, under the law based on Islamic Sharia that the whip leaves deep and
lasting wounds on women, and in another place, under "modern" laws,
it places the bodies of women up for auction in pornography. On the one hand,
the whip of this oppression under the rule of Islamic fundamentalists stone
women to death for falling in love, and on the other hand, under the influence
of Christian fundamentalists, it deprives women of the right to abortion. In one place,
the whip of subjugation and subordination of women through Sharia law imports
the "honour” killing into every family, and in another place, it burns
women to death for defying the males patriarchal. On the one hand, they lash the
delicate and small body of girl children with the whip of tradition and
backwardness as they force them into marriage, and on the other hand, lash them
with the genital mutilation. In order to present the women as a commodity to
men in one place they cover them with Hijab and burqa by the force of blade and
splashing acid on their face or detention and in other place they bare and
display them naked.
The situation of women in various countries may be different but
they all have something in common: they all are enslaved in patriarchal system
that dominates the world. Women are slaves who, more than other oppressed, suffer
from the total ugliness of this system. Slaves whose existence is for the
pleasure of men. Slaves that are born to reproduce and provide labour in order
to ensure the continuation of this exploitative system. Slaves whose bodies,
minds, souls and minds are dominated by men. In this world, behind every
oppressive man stands the ruling patriarchal capitalist system with political,
ideological, cultural, military and legal power. Women suffer the most from the
oppression of the system and so bear the most burden of the struggle against degenerated
and vicious anti-woman aspects of the very same system.
That is the basis that the struggle of the women is continuing in a
The fight against sexual mutilation, against compulsory hijab,
against woman- murdering whether in the name of "love and affection"
or under the name of "honour", against the sex trade, rape, sexual harassment,
restriction of the right to abortion and also against pornography, domestic
violence, insults and humiliation, poverty and misery, against ...... all these
show how eager women are to put an end to the ownership of their body by others.
These struggles are the expression of the great potential that
women have and if that is imbued with revolutionary consciousness, can play an
important role in building a future free of gender oppression and free from any
oppression and exploitation.
Women need revolutionary awareness and organization to advance the
struggle in such a direction. They need unity and solidarity with the women and
people of the world. They need to cooperate with other progressive movements.
They desperately need to separate their aimful line from the line of the
variety of enemies who might conceal themselves under different masks and costume.
This is how they can play a decisive role in raising the banner of freedom and
emancipation of humanity.
Women’s Organization (Iran- Afghanistan)