[Marxism] International Women's Day

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 8 14:24:46 MST 2006

It's international Women's Day which is receiving a lot of news
coverage in Cuba. I've taken translations of two of the best of
these and made special web-pages out of them which I hope you
will take the time to read and enjoy. Below these you will find
a few additional items on this day from Prensa Latina.

Walter Lippmann, CubaNews

Cuban Woman on March 8, 2006

Pakistan: A Few Words About Dirkot

Violence, Discrimination in Spotlight on Women's Day

And for something quite unexpected, this literary interview from 
Tiempo 21 in Las Tunas, Cuba:
María Liliana CelorrioMe, The Worst of All Women

UN Celebrates International Women´s Day

United Nations, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations is
celebrating this Wednesday International Women´s Day with a panel
attended by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and prominent women
throughout the world.

The meeting includes issues like women´s decision making, challenges,
work and ambitions, and their participation in policy and in
indigenous communities.

The issue of women will also be discussed at the headquarter of the
UN Science, Culture and Education Fund in Paris, with the attendance
of the first African women President of Liberia Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf.


Annan: Make a Woman UN Secretary General

United Nations, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary General Kofi
Annan, in his address for International Women´s Day, noted the
relevant role of women in economics, health, education and political
processes, as well as in conflict prevention and reconciliation, and
said it was high time a female be appointed UN secretary general

He said the world is beginning to understand that women and girls
empower the most effective progress.

Studies have proven they have a very influential role in increasing
economic productivity, reducing infant and maternal mortality,
improving nutrition, promoting health, and preventing HIV/AIDS, he
pointed out.

At the 50th Status of Women Commission, Noeleen Heyzer, executive
director of the UN Development Fund for Women, said March 8 is a day
of celebration and reflection and also highlighted world progress in
growing female decision-making at local, national and global levels.


Half Mexican Women Sexually Harassed

Mexico, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) At least half of the 15 million female
workers in Mexico have suffered sexual harassment, a report from the
National Women´s Institute (INMUJERES) revealed.

However, despite the high incidence, women do not complain formally
to authorities, fearing reprisals or shame at being victims of such
abuse, INMUJERES regretted.

According to INMUJERES President Patricia Espinosa, last year the
Institute received 20,000 phone calls, only 10 percent of which were
to report sexual harassment.

Espinosa made the report while presenting a campaign to combat sexual

Teresa Rodriguez, representative of the UN Development Fund for Women
in Mexico, said gender equality in Mexico lags far behind the
country's economic development.

She indicated there are too few women in decision-making, and
progress to increase their numbers has been slow.

In a report to mark International Women's Day, the National Institute
of Statistics, Geography and Information Technology stressed that the
presence of Mexican women at the top levels of government is
completely unbalanced compared to men.


Guatemala Women Fight for Life

Guatemala city, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) Demanding the right to life,
gender equality and eradication of feminicide among others concerns,
Guatemalan women are staging rallies on the occasion of the
International Women´s Day in this capital.

>From Italy Square to the Central Park, in Guatemala city, civil
groups of this nation, where over 100 females were killed in 2006,
will demand that the Executive take measures to stop the escalating

In addition, they will insist on stopping discrimination and social
exclusion policies, better living conditions in the countryside,
boosting of a culture of equality and the battle for a family
planning law.


Protection of Water Resources Advocated at Women’s Conference in Cuba

Havana, March 7 (AIN) The protection of water resources around the
planet is the focus of discussion at the 6th International EcoMujer
Workshop taking place in the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio
from March 6-8.

On Monday, experts from Germany, Mexico, Bolivia, Finland and Cuba
gave presentations on highly topical issues such as the privatization
of water in various countries. That practice has brought about
increased disease due to the poor hygiene of low-income families
unable to acquire sufficient water.

Cuban participants in the conference took the opportunity to present
their nation’s experience in the preservation of water reservoirs and
their sustainable exploitation. The specialists also explained the
environmental education program being implemented in Cuban schools.

Sponsored by the Higher Institute of Education of Pinar del Rio, the
conference is the result of the work carried out by the EcoMujer
women’s group, created in 1996 as a materialization of solidarity
between Cuban and German women interested in protecting the

South Africans Celebrate Women´s Day

Johannesburg, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) On International Women’s Day, the
South African government has launched Wednesday an extended program
of action to mark the 50th anniversary of the anti-pass march by
South African women to Pretoria, BUA News reports.

The march -part of a Congress Alliance campaign against several
apartheid laws, most prominently the dehumanising pass laws- took
place on August 9, 1956 and became celebrated after the advent of
democracy in 1994 as National Women’s Day, BUA News recalls.

Today an inter-ministerial cabinet committee, led by Pallo Jordan,
Minister of Arts and Culture accompanied by Minister of Foreign
Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Public Works Stella
Sigcau, launched a year-long program of action to commemorate this
major landmark in the history of South Africa’s struggle against
oppression and to highlight the roles of women.

A number of other anniversaries are being commemorated this year,
including the 100th anniversary of the Bambatha uprising against a
tax imposed by colonial authorities, the 30th anniversary of the
Soweto uprising by students and the 100th anniversary of the
Satyagraha non-violent resistance pioneered by Mahatma Gandhi.

Also the 50th anniversary of the Treason Trial that eventually
imprisoned former president Nelson Mandela along with Govan Mbeki,
President Thabo Mbeki’s father, and several others.

President Mbeki has emphasized the need to use this year to work
towards a South African women’s social movement, said Jordan today,
adding that South Africa would host the Pan African Women’s
Organisation in July.


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