(Statement on March 8, International Women’s Day)
March 8, International Women’s Day, is on the cusp. On this day, the gullets chanted millions and millions of humans around the world against the injustice and sexual discrimination inflicted on women.
On this day, although civilization, urbanization, and human development have reached advanced stages, women, even in most countries pay attention to democracy, are subjected to sexual discrimination, subjected to all forms of violence, abuse of their human dignity, and are treated as a commodity and a person of the lowest grades in laws, workplaces, home, street, and the media.
The blatant injustice under which women live is part of the inverted world we live, the world of the capitalist system, the world of profit and the alienation of man from the product of his labor, the source of all material goods and technological development, a world in which the practice of all forms of discrimination and inequality is part of the process of its continuation and prolongation of life. Sexual discrimination against women in the capitalist system is one of the sources of profit directly and indirectly for the capitalist system, and it is an organized process in terms of its production and reproduction, whether in the form of laws or in the form of imposing an enslavement structure on women through religion and spreading reactionary ideas and perceptions that perpetuate the inferiority of women in society.
When the Corona epidemic swept the world, it spelled out the ugliness of the capitalist system and became more hideous and dropped all the frills embroidered with false horrors, which they called democracy, justice, and well-being in Western societies, where the bill of this system paid by workers, people of color and women’s lives as a result of the spread of Not only that, but women were the most victims, and in addition to all that tragedy, they were subjected to a wide range of domestic violence due to the expansion of poverty in society as a result of closures.
March 8 is overlooked by International Women’s Day this year whereas the monsters of the world imperialist poles: Russia on the one hand, and NATO led by the United States of America on the other, have created a fierce war in the heart of Europe in Ukraine, under false and familiar titles and slogans, concealing the struggle for political influence and economic interests. In this war, thousands of innocent people are paying the price in Ukraine, as well as endangering the security and safety of humanity, not only in Europe but globally. This war is the product of the capitalist system, which cannot be sustained without igniting wars and spreading discrimination between human beings on the basis of race, nationality, religion, sect, and sex.
In Iraq, under the ruling militia authority, injustice against women escalated, as they lost economic security due to unemployment and lack of job opportunities in society, and were subjected to killings under ridiculous and flimsy headings such as “washing shame” and “honor”, and suicides cases increased due to conditions of poverty and exposure to all forms of physical and verbal violence and abuse of their human value, and the Corona epidemic increased violence against women. This blatant injustice did not stop at women in Iraq at these limits, but various forms of reactionary and abstentious laws have been enacted with humanity such as polygamy, attempts to legislate the rape of children such as the Jaafari law, in addition to depriving motherhood of them, such as Article 57 to impose obedience on them and keep them under the authority of the husband by force.
On March 8 this year, we reaffirm that the path towards freedom and equality, towards achieving the emancipation of women from reactionary laws, the bourgeois patriarchal system, and the outdated intellectual, political and social system that shackle and treat women inferiorly, is to end the life this criminal militia power and its political process. The independent class of women, their revolutionary movement, solidarity, and unity of struggle with all liberation forces is the guarantee of achieving full equality between women and men and an end to all forms of oppression against women.
On March 8 this year, let us raise our voice and unite to condemn the capitalist system and expose all its racist policies and wars. The war which is going on there will strengthen the atmosphere of terror and fear, force a retreat on the liberation movement and egalitarianism, strengthen all forms of national racism and its intimidation, unleash militarism on the humanitarian community, and invest billions of dollars in the imperial military machine instead of spending it on the well-being of humanity, raising the level of the health and educational system and ending all forms of discrimination against women victims of war, poverty, destitution, and violence.
March 8th was International Women’s Day!
Long live the full equality of women and men!
Iraqi Workers’ Communist Party
March 4, 2022