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Issue #1721      March 2, 2016

CPA Greetings on IWD

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Communist Party of Australia expresses its solidarity with those fighting for the rights of women as part of the struggle for the liberation of humanity from capitalism. The first International Women’s Day in 1911 was the initiative of pioneer German Communist Clara Zetkin. There has been an unbroken chain of commitment among Communists since then. We look with pride at the achievements of people inspired by our great cause. The Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia in 1917 gave men and women equal rights protected by law. Socialism has proven to be on the side of women and continues to set the example as in socialist Cuba.

Unfortunately, 105 years after that first IWD and 88 years since it was first observed in Australia, there is still much to do. In fact, the gender income gap is growing across the country and in some occupations it reaches up to 24 percent. Despite all the promises and community awareness campaigns, women are more likely to live and retire in poverty and much more likely to suffer domestic and family violence than their male counterparts. Services for victims are under-funded or have had their funding withdrawn entirely. The CPA is committed to the struggle to achieve justice on these questions and the whole challenge of consigning class exploitative society to the dustbin of history.

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