Worldwide, March 8 is commemorated as Women’s Day, and as we celebrate it, International Working-Class Women’s Day.
It is a day on which we reflect on our past as movement builders for social change, celebrating what we have achieved, examining where we have gone wrong, reflecting on what we couldn’t achieve, and identifying the challenges that we will meet and confront in future action.
We are happy to see a global increase in the proportion of working women.
However, it is important to understand what type of workforces many of these women are entering. On further examination, we see that much of the work that women are increasingly involved in remains unsafe, unguarded by the labour protections afforded to professionals; work that lacks job security, health and safety standards, measures against exploitation, and fair wages.
One such strategy is the feminisation of the workforce, which is a global trend. Working-class women, and those who enter into informal work, are often highly exploited, facing violence in myriad forms, facing a decrease of wages, and a lack of legal protection
The world is moving in a certain direction, and that direction is determined and dictated by the requirements of capitalism. Capitalism aims to achieve high profits, and strategies are deployed to obtain these high profits.
One such strategy is the feminisation of the workforce, which is a global trend. Working-class women, and those who enter into informal work, are often highly exploited, facing violence in myriad forms, facing a decrease of wages, and a lack of legal protection.
As members of society, whoever we are and whatever walk of life we come from, from human rights protectors and defenders to activists in the range of efforts worked towards, we must come together and face the challenge of informal and increasing informalized work to ensure that women workers’ rights are established and protected.
-Red Flag Women’s Movement and the Domestic Workers’ Union
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