Scottish trade unionists join International Women’s Day demonstration

This video from Scotland says about itself:

International Women’s Day March 2012

14 May 2012

2012 IWD demonstration. Anti-cuts activists joined with feminists in this demo to protest the fact that women are disproportionately affected by the cuts. Coalition of Resistance activists helped organise for and attended the protest march and their banners and placards stand out in the march.

By Zoe Streatfield in Britain:

Scotland: Trade unionists join protest for abortion rights

Tuesday 8th March 2016

TRADE unions and pro-choice campaigners in Scotland will mark this year’s International Women’s Day with a rally today to raise awareness of the global issue of abortion rights.

STUC women’s committee secretary Ann Henderson said it was important to use International Women’s Day to call for action to address the “inequality women face across the world in accessing abortion.”

Ms Henderson also drew attention to the draconian laws in Northern Ireland where abortion is still illegal unless women and girls seeking to terminate a pregnancy can prove their lives are at risk.

Pro-choice activists fear that the impending devolution of abortion law to the Scottish Parliament could allow powerful religious groups to lobby for the 1967 Abortion Act to be restricted and undermined, as has happened in Northern Ireland.

Ms Henderson highlighted the situation for women in Brazil, where despite “the Zika virus being linked to brain deformities in babies, pregnant women are still prevented from accessing safe and legal abortions.”

Abortion Rights Committee Scotland member Denise Christie told the Star that “International Women’s Day is all about showing sisterly solidarity to all the women who do not have access to safe legal abortion services.”

She said the action was vital to highlight “the importance of being pro-choice and demand that this must be recognised across the world.”

Members of the STUC women’s committee will join Abortion Rights Scotland and other groups at 12.30pm outside the Scottish Parliament.

In Dumfries, Reel to Real will celebrate International Women’s Day with a screening of Yasmin Fedda’s Queens of Syria.

The documentary, to be screened at 7.30pm at The Stove, follows a theatre project run with Syrian refugee women staging a new version of the Greek tragedy the Trojan Women, which centres on the horrors of war.

Britain: WOMEN working in a department run by the Tories’ part-time Equalities Minister are paid almost £4,000 less than their male colleagues, Labour research revealed yesterday: here.

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  1. Thousands of women march in Amed to mark March 8

    Thousands of women staged a march in the main Kurdish city Amed to mark the finale of March 8 International Women’s Day rallies in North Kurdistan. Women expressed their determination to continue resisting until freedom for women and Kurdistan were won.

    Women’s march began in front of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) building in Amed and ended in İstasyon Square. Accompanied by ‘erbane’s and traditional clothing, women did group dances, sang ululations and chanted slogans such as ‘Women, life, freedom!’. The march was led by Free Women’s Congress (KJA), and transformed into a rally at İstasyon Square. The Turkish police tried to prevent the entrance of Kurdish women to the square with the excuse of a ‘bomb threat,’ but hundreds of volunteers organized the security of protestors and women succeeded in entering the square for their rally.

    Posters with slogans such as ‘Women resist for their leadership and freedom,’ ‘Free and equal life against war and male violence,’ and ‘Salutes to women yearning for an honorable and free life’ were displayed during the rally at İstasyon Square. Artists such as Cegerxwin Erbane Group, Amed Regional Martyr Mizgin Chorus, Nihal, Koma Berji and Pınar Aydınlar are performed at the stage set up in İstasyon Square, where thousands of women are celebrated the 8th of March.

    HDP parliamentarians Meral Danış Beştaş, Çağlar Demirel, Feleknas Uca, Sibel Yiğitalp and Nursel Aydoğan, HDK Co-Spokesperson Gülistan Koçyiğit, and KJA Spokesperson Ayla Akat Ata also attended the rally.


    Amed Metropolitan Mayor Gültan Kışanak spoke first during the rally and said that women were insisting on peace despite the on-going war. Kışanak emphasized that women would not accept slavery and continue to be at the frontlines of resistance for freedom. Kışanak noted that women were necessary for an honorable peace, and would always struggle against male state violence.


    HDP Co-President Figen Yüksekdağ was the last speaker of the rally and saluted all women who attended the march and continue to resist for freedom in Amed’s Sur district. In her speech, Yüksekdağ described the spring of 2016 as the spring of resistance, and said that the resistance of women across the barricades put up in North Kurdistan would bring an end to state savagery and oppression.

    Yüksekdağ stated that the government in Turkey only knew of killing people and destroying towns, but the government’s savagery would not save it from defeat. She praised the resistance of women who fight for freedom, and said that she and her colleagues had their promise of freedom to all women across the globe.

    HDP co-president recalled the struggles of Kurdish women such as Sakine Cansız, Sêvê, Mother Taybet, Pakize, and Mother Fatma. Yüksekdağ said that they owed their motivation for victory to the women whose dead and naked bodies were displayed by state forces in the streets of Kurdistan. Yüksekdağ criticized government officials claiming that all civilians in Sur were evacuated, and added that the state was lying and holding civilians as hostage because it could not bring the Kurdish movement down to its knees.


    Yüksekdağ stated that Cizre was the pride of Kurdish people for its resistance, and the shame of the government because of the state forces’ destruction and massacres. Yüksekdağ emphasized that the perpetrators of the massacres in Cizre would pay for their war crimes, and the people’s resistance would upset the government’s genocide plans. Yüksekdağ noted that what scared Turkey the most was the Kurdish women’s and people’s march for freedom and victory. Yüksekdağ criticized the state forces’ attempt to prevent the rally, and praised rally participants for entering İstasyon Square.

    Lastly, Yüksekdağ stated that the government was trying to intimidate Kurdish people by prosecuting their representatives, but the terror state would not reach its goals of intimidation because of the people’s resistance, which would rewrite history and be victorious. Yüksekdağ condemned the on-going isolation of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan, and ended her statement by celebrating the 8th of March of all women.

    Source: AMED – ANF 09-03-2016


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