March 8 - International Women's Day: Active for women's liberation

March 3, 2024: Five months of bombardment of the Gaza Strip by Israel and two years of war in Ukraine mean endless suffering for the population. Homes, infrastructure, the whole of nature is being destroyed because imperialist powers such as Russia, Israel, the US and other new imperialists want to expand their sphere of influence and their sources of profit at the cost of other imperialists and above all at the cost of the people. More than 30,000 people have already been killed in Gaza, about 70 percent of them women and children. All respect to the women in Gaza, Iran, Poland, Argentina and many other countries who, despite the particular oppression, do not allow themselves to be discouraged and confidently take a stand against sexism, violence against women and discrimination. Women are at the forefront of the fight against a rightward development and fascism.

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The ongoing global destruction of the environment is depriving more and more people of their livelihoods and forcing them to flee in desperation. A momentum of its own, such as the melting of the polar ice caps or the thawing of the permafrost, is leading to irreversible processes of self-destruction. They are fueling the global climate catastrophe.

The international automotive monopolies are intensifying their competition in the transition to electromobility and digitalization under the banner of "greenwashing". Bosch, ZF, Continental, Magna, etc., are announcing the elimination of tens of thousands of jobs. Thousands of temporary and agency workers, including many women, have already lost their jobs in the car manufacturing plants. The implementation of a reduction in working hours with full wage compensation, which is also increasingly being demanded in the public sector in Germany, is particularly urgent for women in view of the particular burden they face at work and in the family.

In our International Program of Struggle of Automotive Workers and their Families, we already highlighted the following at the 2nd International Conference of Automotive Workers in South Africa in February 2020: "Besides this form of double exploitation there is a special oppression in the companies through unequal treatment of women and girls, even sexual oppression, bullying and violence. The entire burden of raising children and taking care of relatives, the reproduction of labor, is mostly shifted to women. We support the promotion of women in companies and unions and closely collaborate with the international militant women's movement. Women's and workers' movement – together undefeatable! For the liberation of women!"

For this year's International Women's Day on March 8, we as the International Coordination Group of the International Automotive Workers' Coordination are calling on you:

Set an example for the liberation of women! Organize and participate in workplace and trade union activities, support calls for Women's Strike Day like in Spain or France!

Combine your militant actions with a commitment to world peace, against the global environmental catastrophe and for a future worth living without the exploitation and oppression of people and nature!


With internationalist greetings


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