On International Working Women’s Day, the International Women’s Alliance
(IWA) affirms its commitment to fight fascism, resist militarization and
unite for liberation. We will strive to unite working women around the
world against wars of aggression in the face of imperialism and
exploitation. All working women and their families deserve to live in
dignity, free from exploitation.
On March 8th, 2017, the International Women’s Alliance (IWA) and its member
organizations will continue the call to resist imperialist plunder and war.
IWA empowers working women and forges links of solidarity with those who
are fighting for their lives, their family, and their land in an
ever-worsening crisis of capitalism that exploits women’s labor, their
bodies, and their voices.
In this era of crisis under imperialism, the lives of refugee, Muslim,
migrant, working class women and their families continue to be threatened
around the world. Imperialist nations, with the U.S. at the helm, codntinue
to slash social services, drive down wages and force working people deeper
into debt and misery through neoliberal policies that further the interests
of monopoly capitalists. Peasants and indigenous tribes face unbridled
violence from military and paramilitary troops deployed into their
communities by imperialists, wealthy landlords, and multi-national
corporations seeking to grab land and plunder natural resources. The
aggressive exploitation of land and resources leads to environmental
disasters, threatening the livelihood of women and their families who rely
on the land, and threatening the very future of humankind.
Competition among imperialists to monopolize resources, expand their
markets, and control resource-rich regions of the world result in even more
wars of aggression and increased military spending amongst imperialist
nations. More and more women are raped, their families murdered and maimed
in wars whose main casualties are civilians. As hundreds of thousands of
refugees flee their militarized homelands, they meet further attacks in
receiving countries, where the ruling classes spew neo-fascism and hatred
against them to divide working people.
Over 100 years ago, in the midst of the bloodbath of World War I, March 8
marked the day that working class women united to fight war, exploitation
and oppression. Today, women continue to fight for their basic rights under
an imperialist system that does not value their lives. We honor those who
have put their lives on the line to protect their people, their land, and
their livelihood, women who fight for national sovereignty amidst
imperialist plunder, such as environmental activist and indigenous leader
Berta Caceres who was assassinated in Honduras one year ago.
In the face of imperialist wars of aggression, ongoing violence by
reactionary governments, and growing fascism, people are rising in
resistance in all regions of the world. The time is ripe for working women
around the world to seize these conditions and organize the struggle for a
brighter future for ourselves and the peoples of the world.
Our international women’s liberation movement shall take up the charge to
rise against fascism, resist militarization, and unite for liberation.
Working women of the world unite!
Oppose neoliberal policies!
Fight police repression and militarization of our communities!
Free our sisters, free ourselves!
Defend our homeland, defend ourselves!
End imperialist plunder and War!
No to another generation of comfort women!
Oppose US Pivot to Asia!
Junk the Trans Pacific Partnership!
End Israeli occupation!