Today, on 8 March, we celebrate International Women’s Day. It has a long history and is primarily intended to remind us that women and non-binary people have fewer privileges in their daily lives than men.
International Women’s Day has its origins in the USA. From the mid-19th to the 20th century, female textile workers there protested against the poor working conditions and low pay for women. The German socialist Clara Zetkin organised the first International Women’s Day in Europe. This took place on 19 March 1911 and had the political aim of introducing the right to vote for all. On 8 March 1917, many female workers protested in Russia on the occasion of International Women’s Day to defend themselves against poor working conditions. So many people joined the demonstrations that the Tsar abdicated. As a result, Women’s Day has always taken place on 8 March ever since.
Much has been achieved in Germany since 1911. For example, women have had the right to vote for over 100 years. The Equal Rights Act, which aims to guarantee equal rights for women and men before the law, was introduced 66 years ago. And Article 3 of the Basic Law was also rewritten 24 years ago so that the state must now actively promote equal rights for men and women. Despite all these positive developments, there are still many problems within our society. For example, according to the development organisation Oxfam, women continue to earn around 23% less than men worldwide and perform an average of 75% of care work. (The term care work refers to all caring activities that are not paid. This includes, for example, household work or caring for family members). Women are also more frequently affected by violence and discrimination than men. According to the Federal Criminal Police Office, around 81% of victims of attempted and actual violence are female.
We therefore demand real equality at all levels so that women and non-binary people have the same development opportunities as men.
If you also want to get involved, then come to the protest demonstration on 8 March in Leipzig. It starts at 4 pm on the market square.
You can find information about the Women’s Day demonstration in Leipzig at https://agfrauenprojekte-leipzig.com/aktionen/.