Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / March 9, 2016.
Once again, the streets of Buenos Aires were filled with the slogans and rebelliousness of women. This March 8, they vindicated not only anti-patriarchal claims, such as the demand for free abortion and the repudiation of all forms of violence against women, but they also expressed profound disconformity with the government of Mauricio Macri. “Stop layoffs and the feminization of poverty” and “stop eliminating gender policies”, were demands read in almost all columns. Many banners honored Honduran peasant activist Berta Caceres, killed by gunmen last week, Lohana Berkins, Argentine trans activist who died last month and Diana Sacayán, another Argentine trans activist who was murdered last year.
The crowd of women from all backgrounds, many of them organized in left-wing organizations marched from the Plaza del Congreso to Plaza de Mayo, showing that, despite the historic differences among left-wing organizations, unity in action is much more feasible when, as in this case, there are major reasons to express rejection of the capitalist, patriarchal and oppressive system.
Women fighters and workers marched in Venezuela, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador and Turkey
A march of revolutionary women was held in Venezuela
The march of revolutionary women met in the Plaza Morelos and reached the Miraflores Palace in the afternoon. The deputy of the indigenous Wayuu people, Aloha Nuñez, participated in the protest, and noted that this march was held “to tell the Venezuelan people and the world that in Venezuela there are combative women committed to the defense of the motherland”.
She added that the Venezuelan feminist movement is united and ready to defend the country and the rights of all Venezuelans in any scenario.
“Women are the mainstay of homes and of the revolutionary struggle, and we have proven that over the years. Even commander Chavez said that this revolution is also feminist and fully participatory, and women and men will defend this homeland”, she said.
President Maduro was present at the march
President Nicolas Maduro joined the act of the revolutionary women, who marched to the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, to celebrate their day.
President Chavez arrived in the company of the first fighter, Cilia Flores.
“I will come again, and I will be millions”, reads this banner with the image of Berta Cáceres
Nicaragua: Police interrupted march in honor of Berta Caceres
In Nicaragua, the march on Women’s Day and in solidarity with Berta Cáceres, was hampered by riot forces of the National Police, women’s organizations denounced.
Thousands of activists, feminists, environmentalists and human rights groups marched on Tuesday, March 8, in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, to demand peace, freedom and a life without violence, also, to claim for justice for the Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres and the hundreds of women murdered in Nicaragua.
Activists gathered around the modern city center and walked through the capital carrying banners with photographs and captions “No more impunity!”, “Justice for Berta!”, “Secular state, free women!”.
Honduras calls for justice for the murder of Berta Caceres
The march was obstructed halfway. Shouting “We are not afraid, we are right!”, Participants came to a riot police cordon asking to be able to continue their protest. Unsuccessfully, the demonstrators were forced to finish their protest with a concert in one of the main roads of the capital with the presence of the security forces. The National Police has not addressed the issue.
Demands for justice for the murder of Berta Cáceres
During the mobilization, the protesters read a manifesto that condemned the atrocities committed against the indigenous leader and “vigorously” called for justice for her murder. “We are demanding Central American governments to put an end to the transnational corporations that are destroying our region”, said the former commander of the Sandinista guerrilla, Monica Baltodano, referring to Caceres’ struggle against foreign hydroelectric and mining companies in Honduras.
Baltodano also called for “punishing the murder of Berta Caceres and thousands of murdered women, because the struggle against violence and for the environment is part of the same agenda”. “We demand the Honduran Government to unveil the truth of the murder of this brave, dignified, exemplary woman” said Reyna Rodriguez, leader of the Network of Women Against Violence.
Also, leaders of the Autonomous Women’s Movement condemned violence and murders responsible for the death of 14 women so far this year and 53 last year.
Thousands of women march to demand their rights in Chile
Thousands of women marched on Tuesday to demand equal rights, to have the same salaries as men, for the end discrimination in health, for free abortion, among other demands.
The colorful march that took the streets in the main artery of Santiago de Chile walked along over a dozen blocks with batucadas, balloons, dancing and banners.
A group of women who advanced dancing “La Cueca of Solitary Women” drew attention, since the “cueca”, Chile’s national dance, is traditionally danced in couples, but women of the Association of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees dance it alone to communicate that their relatives, killed during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet are still missing.
Among the protesters was Cecilia Heyder, activist for human rights activist and self-cultivation of medicinal cannabis, who marched in her wheelchair due to an advanced metastatic cancer and lupus.
“I march for the freedom of the comrades who are no longer with us, for our rights to free abortion, I march so that hypocrisy in this country ends once and for all” she said.
A young girl called Camila said she was marching “for all women, for all those who feel oppressed by gender issues”. “We need to stop being killed, raped us, to stop harassed on the street, and the only way to make this stop is by being organized and fight here on the streets”, she added.
Thousands of women advocated the approval of free abortion.
Chile is one of the countries where abortion is still banned in all circumstances. The little progress made on the issue was a bill presented by the government of President Michelle Bachelet, who seeks to decriminalize abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, fetal life is infeasible, or the pregnancy has been a consequence of rape.
On Tuesday, the project failed to be submitted to vote in a committee of the House of Representatives to then go to the room and the Senate.
Referring to the issue, Bachelet said that “women are neither objects nor are owned by anyone” and that “women have the right to make decisions”. The march ended peacefully in the city center.
Turkish police dispersed with rubber bullets women marching in Istanbul
Women demanded improvements in their social and economic situation in Turkey. Police dispersed them by force. This happened on Sunday, in Istanbul, where several hundred women had gathered to march through the streets of Kadikoy, despite the ban of the authorities. Within minutes, the officers used riot gear to end the march.
In Poland, women took to the streets of Warsaw to demand greater access to abortion, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, commemorated on Tuesday. Abortion is legal in Poland, but activists fear that the conservative ruling party, Law and Justice, will restrict access.
For a true transformation of the patriarchal-capitalist system
QUITO / The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, CONAIE, greets all women fighters of the countryside and the city. We salute all women who daily contribute in building a different society, a different culture, a different economic system and may this March 8 serve to strengthen and to collectively move on to a permanent transformation.
In memory of all women in the world who fought against capitalism, the patriarchal system, colonialism, and racism; and particularly to indigenous women of our continent and Ecuador, who have sustained life in the struggle for the defense of our territories against unbridled and ruthless transnational companies that exploit our living spaces; to defenders of human rights, nature, and life in its entirety.
We say that, to make profound changes in the inhuman and patriarchal capitalist system, we must not only fight so that women are taken into account within bureaucratic spaces or public offices of States, but we must encourage joint efforts between men and women, young, adults, elderly, to build a real anti-patriarchal, anti-capitalist system, based on the principles of life: reciprocity, complementarity, duality, comprehensiveness, relatedness, circularity —these are the bases of Sumak Kawsay, which means Life in its Fullness, these where the legacies our mothers and grandmothers fought for, to make a Plurinational State and an Intercultural Society real.
In all National States in the world and in ours in particular, there are high levels of femicide, hatred, and feminised racism. We recall the recent murder of a brave comrade in Honduras, who fought against the interests of transnational companies and paid with her life. For her and for many more, on this day, our commitment is to continue fighting for the cherished dream of the majority, and remembering deeply the teachings of our old fighters, and we won’t back down until we build a classless society, without discrimination, without racism, that is anti-patriarchal, anti-capitalist, we will change these structures with the joint struggle with the unity of men and women, of children and adults, of humans and nature, with collective feeling and thinking.
By the Government Council
President of the CONAIE