Election day in Indonesia - the first for 40 years in which parties
could freely contend - had the atmosphere of a celebration. Coming one
year after the overthrow of the Suharto dictatorship by a mass movement,
it is clear that the hard-pressed masses took the opportunity to give
the old ruling party, Golkar, an...
Eighty percent of low paid workers in Britain are women. They are the
cleaners, cooks and hairdressers forced to work in poor conditions with
no legal minimum wage. In the public sector, low pay is rife. Women’s
wages have fallen back so far that the gap between men and women’s wages
has widened for the...
An indication of coming struggles recently manifested itself in a strike
at two nursing homes in Massachusetts. Significantly, as a result of it,
wages were increased more than ever before. (There was a stipulation
that further union organising should be limited to one nursing home per
year, but this shows how much the...
Women constitute half the population of Sri Lanka and play a crucial
role in the affairs of the country. On the one hand, both the president
and the prime minister are women and the world’s first woman prime
minister was produced by Sri Lanka. But this has not helped to enhance
the situation of Sri Lankan working...
A report has come out with shocking figures. 47% of girls in the
nine-year compulsory schools are sexually harassed. The climate against
young women has become harder in society and has reached the schools in
a new way. Girls are being called names like ’whore’ and ’cunt’ every
day in school and...
Much has changed since the revolution of 25th of April 25 years ago.
Working class women gained through the revolutionary process very
advanced constitutional rights by comparison with the rest of Europe.
Before 1974 women counted for nothing in the eyes of the law. The
husband was her master and ruler, e.g. having the...
Company unions and harmonious labour-management relations? Japanese
culture is different and Japanese women are obedient? That is not at all
what Japan is about. There are working women with some guts!
Capitalist India - the land of a million festivals - has a unique trick
up its sleeve to turn the most radical of events into a ritual to
perpetuate its feudal status-quo. International Women’s Day symbolises
women’s ongoing fight for emancipation while across the country
thousands of young women are burnt...
Rosa Luxembourg was born on the 5th.March, 1871, in Poland. As a school
student she became politically active and at the age of 16 she joined
the "Revolutionary Party of Poland". After finishing school, she went to
Switzerland and later to Germany in order to escape the danger of
The 8th of March is a very significant date in fighting for a socialist
future. This is the day of international solidarity of working women in
the struggle for their economic, social and political rights.
March 8th around the world is the celebration of International Women’s
Day. For us, this is not just a celebration, it’s more a day of
struggle, of fighting spirit. The struggle to end the oppression of
women is a fight against the capitalist system which means exploitation
for us and making profit for the...
The recent announcement by Indonesia’s president, BJ Habibie, that the
people of strife-torn East Timor could "have their freedom" caused a
stir amongst the world’s political commentators. What were the motives?
Was it genuine or, as many speculate, ’designed to fail’?