Temporary blog of the CWI

Women’s struggle

18 women killed this year in Belgium. This needs to stop!

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25th November (in Belgium on the 24th November). By the ROSA Campaign – Belgium This year 18 women have been murdered, usually by their partner or former partner. Outright murder is the worst, but not the only problem. A study by the non-profit association “Touche pas à mon pote” found ...

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Violence against women in Russia

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25th November By Sasha Alekseeva – Socialist Feminist Alternativa, Moscow  Today’s Russia, once the birthplace of the great Socialist Revolution, which advanced the cause of women’s rights far in advance of those found in other countries at that time, is now in the hands of a ruling conservative-authoritarian clique. They ...

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The Spanish state – ¡Ni una menos!

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25th November Viki Lara, Socialismo Revolucionario – CWI in Spain Over the last few years, the Spanish state has seen the most powerful feminist demonstrations in its history on International Women’s Day, with millions filling the streets in many cities. These were coupled with strike action taken by millions of ...

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Austria. Why is violence against women increasing? 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25th November Monika Jank,  Sarah Moayeri Socialist Left Party – CWI in Austria In October 2019, a man killed his ex-partner and her whole family in a town in West Austria. After that horrific murder, politicians and all the established parties portrayed themselves as the saviours of women. Even the ...

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Sweden. One new law but more struggle needed

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25th November By Louise Strömbäck – Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI Sweden) In May of 2018 the Swedish government passed  a new law on sexual consent, meaning that sex must be consensual to be legal. Before the new law, it was up to the victim to prove that it had been involuntary, ...

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A marxist feminist reply

In recent years, the global women’s movement has reintroduced the strike as a form of struggle on a mass scale, starting in Poland in 2016. International Women’s Day on 8 March in 2017 and 2018 saw internationally coordinated strikes in many countries. In 2019, up to seven million people went on strike in Spain on 8 March, which, like the ...

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25 November: Socialist feminist struggle against gender violence !

“We are not silent. We are not scared. We are not obeying.” — Istanbul, Turkey — chants from protest against gender violence International Women’s Day 2019 in defiance of a state ban on the demonstration and police use of tear gas “My life is not your porn” — Seoul, South Korea — main slogan on 70,000 strong demonstration against ‘spy ...

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Sweden: Afghanistan’s refugee women want justice!

In Sweden, the government claims to be “feminist” and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has just been adopted as law. Nevertheless, women and young people are deported every week to the world’s most dangerous countries, and families with children from Afghanistan are denied residence permits. For more than two months, mainly mothers and children have been ...

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Discussing Socialist Feminism at the CWI IEC

By Anne Englehardt, SAV (CWI in Germany) At the IEC meeting from 12 to 16 August, comrades from 25 different countries examined the origins and impact of the women’s movements around the world, and its connection to changes in the working class and its movement, in a lively session on socialist feminism.  Women in struggle around the world While the ...

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Spanish State: “Wolf Pack” Rapists Convicted by Supreme Court

In an important victory for the mass feminist movement, the Spanish supreme court has increased the convictions in the Pamplona “Wolf Pack” case to 15 years imprisonment for the five guilty men. It also ruled that the 18 year young woman was raped and was not just a victim of the lesser charge of sexual abuse. By John Hird (member ...

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