A system in which half of the population is discriminated against on the grounds of gender is inhumane. A system in which gender and race apartheid has become the basis of social relations and ruling structure; and denies peoples’ basic rights, is fascistic. A society where this oppression is accepted and perpetuated in its political, cultural and social relations is an up side down society. Movements that portray the abolition of these injustices as impossible or postpone them to the future have an interest in the survival of the system. A world where violence against, murder and slavery of women is rampaged, does need to maintain its anti-women stance and action. A system which is based on slavery, violence and capital profit must be overthrown. Women's’ subordination and gender slavery is nothing new in capitalism. The latter is based on wage slavery. However, the increasing degree of violence against women on a world scale, the spread of medieval traditions of women trafficking are the result of the current system of slavery.
Opposing the capitalist violence unleashed on women, comprises of protest movements and strikes taking place universally. Massive demonstrations in protest against Trump’s fascistic and anti-women statements is a reflection of the potential of a massive movement for gender equality. This force can play a major role in a libertarian and socialist revolution in the society. The main obstacle put in front of this movement is its limited perspective which tries to throw it into the hands of the bourgeoisie or at best limit its ideals of liberation and equality within the current system. The official feminist line tries to replace the perspective of the movement for women’s liberation with competition for gaining more inroads into power and management. Women’s liberation and gender equality in the world, needs, now more than any other time, the raising of the banner of socialism and its socialist leaders.
In countries under the rule of Islam, on the one hand, religion, laws and the military are used to suppress and intimidate women to obey Islamic rules; and on the other hand, lack of rights paves the way to extreme exploitation at work places. Gender slavery in the twenty first century is a profitable business and only shows the need for capitalism today to maintain and perpetuate its anti-women rule. Political Islam as a reactionary and anti-women movement relies on its ideology of women’s subordination for survival. It has turned the Hijab into the banner of its movement. By doing so, it demonstrates that today’s capitalism is compatible with gender apartheid, inequality and discrimination. It shows that capitalism is dependent on religion, male chauvinism and is the cause of women’s suppression and subordination. Islamic Republic of Iran is a clear example of one of the most anti-women Islamic states in the region which is in constant battle with women and women’s struggle for liberation.
Socialism is the need of the hour!
On 8 March, we must protest against slavery and violence. Bourgeoisie and its movements cause society to regress daily. Halting this regression and putting an end to women’s subordination and inequality is our task. The task of the socialist working class movement for liberation and equality. It is necessary to raise the banner of socialist tradition on 8 March. We must come out demanding the unconditional gender equality in all aspects of society and not be satisfied with anything less. We must disclose compromises and obstacles that lie on the path to women’s liberation movement.
On 8 March, we must declare that socialism is the need of the hour! Gender equality now! Women’s Liberation and gender equality is incompatible with capitalism! Abolition of gender apartheid! Overthrow the system that causes women’s slavery! The gender apartheid state is not reformable, even if it was we do not want it! Islam, of all shades and colours is anti-women! In countries under the rule of Islam and those in the Middle East, women are a fundamental pillar of any political change and part of the socialist movement for the liberation of the society. The massive gender equality movement in these countries is an important element for a secular and socialist perspective in the Middle East!
Worker-communist party of Iran - Hekmatist welcomes and celebrates 8 March, International Women’s Day. We see the struggle for women’s real and social equality in society as one of our main struggles for a better world and strive for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic.
Let us show our protest against women’s slavery and subordination, against gender apartheid, against capitalist system and Islamic Republic! We urge all to take part in 8 March protests and celebrations!
No to Hijab!
Down with Islamic Republic!
Long Live Socialism!
Worker-communist Party of Iran - Hekmatist