March 8: Special Report on the International Women´s Day

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b_350_0_16777215_00___images_paraguayconamuriscaled.jpgMarch 8th is considered as a day of feminist struggle in the entire world. Thousands of women from all around the globe mobilize around this day to continue fighting for advances on equality and justice, and unfortunately in some cases to combat setbacks.

On this special Real World Radio edition, we gathered the voices of rural and urban activists from different parts of the world, who told us about their mobilizations and actions around this fundamental day of popular struggles, and about their main demands and local/regional banners in the context of these struggles. Leaders of Via Campesina and the World March of Women (WMW) from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia talked about the mobilizations around March 8 in their countries and regions.

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Palestine : UAWC celebrates International Women’s day in the Jordan Valley

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_WomendayUWACscaled.jpg(Ramallah, March 8, 2014) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees celebrated the international women’s day in the Jordan Valley in the presence of 150 women from all the Palestinian Governorates who support Palestinian resistance against the Israeli policies that try to forcibly transfer the Palestinians from their land.

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Japanese Government should Issues an Official Apology to the Victims of Military Sex Slavery.

Declaration of La Via Campesina South East and East Asia on International Women’s Day

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_Womens_Day_Japanscaled.JPG(Tokyo, March 8th 2014) During the Asia-Pacific War, which took place from the early 1930s to the end of World War II, the Japanese forcefully mobilized women to the battlefield for sex slavery purposes from many Asia-Pacific countries such as China, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Guam, and so on, and thus violated their human rights.

After the war, these women were either slaughtered or abandoned in the battlefield and left to die. Even if they did manage to make it home, they have not been provided with reparations because the Japanese government has concealed and distorted its own war crimes. The survivors from these battlefields were forced to live silently and endure their suffering for more than 60 years.

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International Women's Day : We struggle against capitalism, patriarchy and for our rights!

 Press release of La Via Campesina for the 8TH March 2014

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_photo8scaled.jpg(Harare, March 7, 2014) Tomorrow, the 8th of March, International Women's Day, La Via Campesina reaffirms its anti-capitalistic and anti-patriarchal stance. We express our firm decision to fight and to take the streets and protest for a new vision of the world, based on the principles of respect, equality, justice, solidarity, peace and freedom. We are committed to continuing the struggle together with the working women of the rural and urban areas.

The first celebration of International Working Women’s Day (now International Women’s Day) took place on the 19th March 1911 in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland, with rallies in which women demanded the right to vote, the right to hold public office, the right to work and an end to gender discrimination.

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