03 April 2018
INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is a joint day of struggle of the international revolutionary and militant women’s and working-class movement! The call issued by the Socialist women more than 100 years ago united women workers, peasant women and the masses of women in the struggle against imperialist warmongering, hunger and misery, and was supported by the revolutionary parties of the world. It was the period of revolutions culminating in the Great Russian October Revolution of 1917 with the victory of socialism. Here, for the first time the most far-reaching women’s rights worldwide were realized.

More than 100 years later the imperialist world system’s susceptibility to crisis has increased in an all-round way. Incapable of solving even one of humanity’s problems, it destroys the basis of existence of the masses and calls the conditions of life into question. Worldwide, dissatisfaction with the economic, social and political situation is growing. Women are at the focus of the fetters organized by the bourgeois state and family system. In the Arab world, the situation of women has dramatically worsened due to the terrorist fundamentalist religious movements, especially in conflict regions.

However, women are rebelling worldwide. Women workers, peasant women, the masses of women are no longer willing to accept the dictates of those in power: Women in the USA demonstrate against Trump and his warmongering policies. In India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand the armies of women garment workers fight for a minimum wage and social protection. In India as worldwide women are fighting against sexual violence, religious fundamentalism, oppression by the state and patriarchal structures. In Iran, women rise up against aggression, in Latin America and in Pakistan masses of women close ranks to fight violence, and murder, against women and children. Even in the 21st century, the struggle against the feudal patriarchal oppression of women is still an inseparable part of the struggle for the liberation of women . In Africa, women fight for work and food; in Europe, women workers strike for higher wages, fight reactionary laws. In the Middle East, women, partly taking up arms, defend democracy and freedom against fascist terror. The focal point at present is the defense of Afrin/Rojava. The ICOR welcomes the heroic struggle of the Palestinian women.

International Women’s Day was born in 1910 – ICOR was founded in 2010. We ICOR parties stand for the liberation of women through an anti-imperialist and socialist perspective. The proletarian women’s movement with the core of the revolutionary parties promotes the international women’s movement in its entire spectrum and diversity and offers it the prospect of struggle for the liberation of women in a liberated society. This is why the ICOR supports the international process of the World Women’s Conference and was a vital part of the first two World Women’s Conferences of Grassroots Women in Venezuela and Nepal. Here the revolutionary and militant women’s movement unites in struggle against the exploitation and oppression of women and for their emancipation in a liberated society. As ICOR parties we call on the women of the world: Strengthen the militant women’s movement in the world! Organize in the revolutionary parties and courageously accept leadership responsibilities as women! Become a part of the international socialist revolution.

Long live International Women’s Day! Advance the liberation of women! 

The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.