|International Women's Day Activities|
The IYCW celebrated the International Women's Day on 6th March 2010 in Brussels. The IYCW International Secretariat, together with the Walloon YCW, the European YCW and the German YCW participated in a march organized in the streets of Brussels with network organisations. Around 5,000 women and men took part in this festive and militant march calling for justice, equality, peace and solidarity.
YCW members were carrying dummies of young workers in this march and handed out the demands of the movement in the streets, as well as the IYCW Women's Day statement.
The rally ended in “Place de la justice” with a symbolic action and the presentation of our demands. After the rally, the IYCW organized a “Café♀uality” as a place for sharing and relaxing with young workers. Between 50 and 80 people participated in this activity and Geethani Peries (the IYCW president) presented her testimony in this event. The Walloon YCW performed a role play and the German YCW carried out an activity/game about women's role. Some “activity corners” were organized around the room and a lot of young people participated in the activities.
While we were celebrating the International Women's Day in Brussels, several activities were conducted by other YCW national movements around the world.
The IYCW Panafrican coordination made a poster for the International Women's Day with their demands. It was distributed to the national and international movements to publicise our campaign and demands.
The India YCW celebrated the International Women's Day in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. They organised two activities. The first one was a two-day national training session (6th-7th March). The topics of the training were “women’s rights and the strengthening of the second line leaders”. 37 YCW members from 9 district movements participated in the program.
The second activity, Dharna (street protest), was held on 7th March from 3 to 5 pm in the centre of the town of Thanjavur. More than 1,000 people listened to the YCW demands. Their young leaders assumed the leadership of this activity, giving speeches and raising their demands through slogans. Ms. Tamil Selvi, secretary of the All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) for the Thanjavur district, and Mr. Manoharan, secretary of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), addressed the public and supported the YCW demands. The YCW also distributed pamphlets with its demands to the public. Its demands to the government are the following:
In its evening news, the local TV highlighted the activity in Dharna. 3 local newspapers also published information about it on 8th March.
The Philippines YCW published a press release on Women's Day: “I am Mary Ann, 30 years old and the oldest among my nine siblings. Hopeful to find decent work, I went to Manila but things did not happen as I planned. The work I was looking for seemed elusive and so I ended up transferring from one job to another.....”
The Pakistan YCW held a debate on “Ensure Fair Wages and Women's Land Rights.” Mrs. Shakila Nadeem, president of the Domestic Workers' Union, talked about the long working hours and low wages of women workers. She said, “domestic workers should be given equal and fair wages”. She also said that women are the most important part in every society, making up 53% of the total population, but their efforts and struggle to develop are ignored. She added that change will not come overnight but slowly and women’s continued struggle will bear fruit. She condemned the discriminatory customs and traditions.
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