WHY & WHERE MOTHERS WILL BE MARCHING
Do we still need International Women's Day (IWD)?
Just listen to the government and Alan Sugar.
On Saturday 12 March 2011, women in a number of countries will mark the Centenary of IWD with a MOTHERS MARCH, to defend Everyone's survival and welfare and calling for an End to cuts, poverty and discrimination.
Where Marches are being held:
Ø London, England.
Ø Guyana March and gathering in Georgetown.
Ø Haiti March of earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince.
Ø India March by Dalit and Adivasi women in Chhattisghar.
Ø Italy Gruppo Donne No Dal Molin protest outside the new US army base in Vicenza; Women in Struggle Collective, holding a vigil with an open mic at the market in Cremona.
Ø Peru Conference in Lima by the domestic workers trade union SINTTRAHOL.
Ø Venezuela Gathering in Los Teques main square.
International Women's Day: how rapidly things change Selma James in the Guardian
PRESS RELEASE LONDON
While the government targets women for cuts, piling more unwaged caring work on us, Alan Sugar ditches women who may want to have babies. Being a woman doesn’t fit in with their economy. Are women unfit for purpose – or is their purpose anti-life?
Women from all backgrounds are marching to demand social and financial recognition for mothers who produce and care for the world’s people, and a total change of priorities. Mothers and other carers see the deficit as another excuse to take back benefits and services our labour and taxes have paid for. We are told there is no money for food, housing, health, support, education and the environment. But we can see no shortage of cash to pay for banks, bonuses and weapons of war, while shielding corporations from tax.
The Mothers March is endorsed by All African Women’s Group; Birkbeck Students Union; Black Women’s Rape Action Project; Climate Camp London; Colombia Solidarity; Donne in Lotta (Italy); EMERGENCY (UK); Gruppo Donne No Dal Molin (Italy); International Prostitutes Collective; Legal Action for Women; Lesbian Bi Trans Queer in the Global Women’s Strike; Michelene Wandor (writer); Mom’sy Gwen Omega Radio & Rain Forest Cuisines Ltd; Noel Lynch (Chair, Green Party, London); Oliver James (child psychologist, author); Outrage!; Payday men’s network; Queen Mary Students Union; Sheila Kitzinger (breastfeeding & natural childbirth campaigner & author); Single Mothers’ Self-Defence; WinVisible (women with disabilities); Women Against Rape; Women of Colour in the Global Women’s Strike.
All over the Middle East and North Africa women have found their voice and with men and children are risking their lives to bring change. We need change too, right here in Britain. And we are finding our voices too: students protesting against school fees and the abolition of the EMA, people with disabilities, pensioners, single parents, job seekers and workers whose jobs are under threat are marching, occupying universities and town halls, blocking roads.
As mothers we can help bring together all who stand for life, uniting against war and exploitation. Fathers, sons, brothers, partners . . . will be marching in support.
Why I’ll be marching on 12 March
Ø ‘My daughter has a life-threatening disability. Mothers like me get no respite. They are even pushing us to go out to work. We are heading for disaster.’
Ø ‘It’s frightening to raise children in a world where they are not valued.’
Ø ‘Asylum seekers were cut first. No recourse to public funds, food vouchers, destitution. That’s what they intend for everyone.’
Ø ‘We run a small health food shop. Times are hard. My oldest child is losing his EMA. I don’t know how we’ll manage.’
Ø ‘We use the library all the time, for revision, books and films for holidays.’
Ø ‘Women are not believed. I was raped, accused of lying and jailed.’
Ø ‘Legal aid enabled me to sue the police for assault and wrongful arrest. Without it only the rich can afford justice.’
Ø ‘Mums of young children are treated as “workless”. When I was on Income Support I could be available to my son.’
Ø ‘After a life of labour, pensioners are told living longer is an economic crisis.’
Ø ‘Grandparents are expected to step in. We’re also expected to retire later.’
Ø ‘After school clubs are closing. Children are “collateral damage” for the cuts.’
Ø ‘They took alternative therapies like homeopathy out of the NHS. Now they want to take the whole NHS. They’ve been at it for years. If we don’t stop them now, we’ll lose it.’
Ø ‘I was tortured and claimed asylum. My children weren’t allowed to join me. I worry about them terribly.’
Ø ‘My partner was violent. I reported him and social services took my children. Why punish us?’
Ø ‘We share our house with others to reduce costs. Cuts in housing benefit will make it impossible, especially in London.’
Ø ‘I went into sex work to support my kid and pay for my degree.’
Ø ‘People are told to blame “others” for the cuts. Racist attacks go up, bullying, against immigrants, disabled people, lesbians, gays, trans. It’s scary.’
Ø ‘Child Benefit should be universal. Kids should see they and their mums are valued. Means testing stigmatises; many kids hide they’re on school meals.’
Ø ‘Young people want to find their own way to activities. Without out-of-school clubs, sports, music . . . we are impoverished.’
Ø ‘Flooding, drought. They even tried to take our forests. They don’t respect anything.’
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Speaking at The Life and Legacy of C.L.R. James Conference
In the Guardian: From welfare to wages, women fight back against the uncaring market
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