22 February: Women’s Assembly Against Austerity
The Communist Party has called on members and supporters to attend the important Women’s Assembly [WAAA], which is sure to set the pace for the national recall assembly on Saturday 15 March.
Support for the WAAA has gathered pace in recent weeks, with letters in the national newspapers and a feature in the Morning Star reprinted here:
The assembly will focus on the impact of austerity on women, with plenaries and workshops allowing participants to set out alternatives and plan campaigns.
The WAAA has secured the broadest support in decades for such an event drawing in Labour MPs, TUC, Greens, student activists, Unite the union, National Assembly of Women and many campaigning groups.
The assembly will be held at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL, starting at 1045am. You can book your place here:
8 March: International Women’s Day
The annual IWD celebration event organised by the Coordinating Committee of Communist Parties in Britain (CCCPB) will take place this year at the Marx Memorial Library, on Saturday 8 March at 6.30 pm.
The event will consider the impact of the economic crisis and imperialist offensive on women around the world and express solidarity with their struggle.
Such acts of solidarity were agreed at the 15th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties in Lisbon in November 2013. There will be similar events in many countries.
The event will include an international rally and cultural items including singing and poetry recital. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge but there will be a collection to cover the costs.
Women and Class by Mary Davis
Published by the Communist Party is now in its third edition
THE OPPRESSION of women is consistently denied or trivialised by the mass media and institutions of the state. On the left, there is a tendency to subsume women’s issues within the general class struggle, or to relegate them to a secondary position. The attitude is too often one of ‘socialism will sort it all out’. In the meantime, any specific concentration on women’s issues is seen as diversionary – a deviation from the site of the real struggle.
Mary Davis charts the origin and history of women’s oppression, puts forward the marxist analysis, debunks ’rival’ theories and puts forward the case for placing the liberation of women at the heart of the class struggle for socialism.