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Join Socialist Alternative on International Women’s Day

By Amanda Thorley, Socialist Alternative London

In recent decades, International Women’s Day has been hijacked by corporations looking for an opportunity to sell their products and whitewash their reputations. But the event has radical roots as a feminist day of struggle, and across the world, women and the LGBTQ+ community remain embroiled in battles for liberation.

In 2023, the horrific murder of Brianna Ghey laid bare the dire real-life consequences of the Tories’ toxic ‘culture war’ against trans people, and was a reminder of the urgent need for trans and cisgender women to stand united against all forms of misogyny, bigotry and oppression.

Sadly, gender-based violence and femicide continue to run rife in many countries, but workers, women and all the oppressed are coming together to fight back. In Italy, thousands took to the streets after the murder of Giulia Cecchettin, allegedly murdered by her exboyfriend, to protest the country’s high femicide rates.

In Latin America, the Ni Una Menos movement, which began in Argentina following the murder of Chiara Paez, ignited a spark which swept across Latin America, as women across the continent protested to demand an end to femicide and gender-based violence.

The inspiring feminist movement has already seen some gains, with abortion now decriminalised in Mexico and Argentina. Though difficulties in accessing free and readily available abortions still remain, the struggle continues.

But there are still many battles to be won. As was illustrated all too starkly by the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the historic Roe v Wade ruling, which removed federal protections for reproductive healthcare in 2021, any rights won can just as easily be snatched away by an opportunistic right-wing establishment. For this reason it is important for us to never become complacent.

With right-wing governments on the rise globally, who are only too happy to use misogyny and transphobia as weapons against their opponents, it is more important than ever to reconnect with the radical roots of International Women’s Day. For this reason, we will be holding exciting events across the country, from protests to strike interventions and discussions. If you’re interested in getting involved with our work, visit this page to find an event local to you.

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