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ICFTU World Women's March 2000

Fight Poverty & Violence Against Women!

 

Trade Unions Fight Poverty and Violence against Women!

At the 17th World Congress of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (3-7 April 2000), delegates, representing 125 million workers all over the world, 40% of whom are women, are joined by their sisters and brothers of COSATU, NACTU and FEDUSA in Durban in a March to call for an end to poverty and violence against women.

Women make up:

  • 70 % of the world's poor;

  • nearly two-thirds of the world's 855 million illiterate adults;

  • more than half of those infected with the HIV/Aids virus in the age bracket 15-24.

Violence towards women and girls is the most widespread violation of fundamental rights. Because of this violence, some 60 million women who should still be alive today are dead. In some regions, there are 5% more men than women because of deliberate female foetal abortion and the murder of female babies.

The international trade union movement is marching to reaffirm its commitment to put an end to this unacceptable situation!

We are marching to ensure women's rights to:

  • Equal opportunity and treatment at the workplace: more and better jobs for women, equal pay for work of equal value, paid maternity leave with benefits, etc.;
  • Equal access to education and training;
  • Equal access to credit, especially for those in the informal sector;
  • Affordable and accessible housing, land, water, food and transportation;
  • Treatment and protection for people with HIV/AIDS.

We are marching for:

  • The eradication of all forms of violence against women and girls at home, in the workplace, on the farms, in the streets;
  • An end to structural adjustment programmes and cutbacks in social budgets and public services;
  • Cancellation of the debt of all Third World countries;
  • Gender issues to be central to labour policies and programmes;

Full equality between women and men in society, at work and in the trade unions!

Zinyunyana Zilwa nombuMpofu nokuHlukunyezwa kwaboMama!

Ngomgubho we 17th World Congress of the International Confederation of Trade Unions mhla zingu 3-7 April 2000 Osomlomo abamele izigidi ezingu 125 zabasebenzi emhlabeni wonke, 40% o ku boMama, bahlanganiswa ngodade nabafowethu be COSATU, NACTU ne FEDUSA e Thekwini kwi mashi ya boMama ekulweni nokuqeda u bumpofu no ku hlukunyezwa kwa boMama.

A Bomana Bakha:

  • 70% wa ba hluphekile emhlaben;
  • Balinganiselwa 2/3 ezigidini zomhlaba ezingu 855 aba kwazi uku bhala nokufunda;
  • Bangaphezu kwalengxenye abanegciwane lengculazi abalinganiselwa eminyakeni engu 15 -24.

Ukuhlukunyezwa kwaboMama na mantombazana yiyonanto egcwele umhlaba wonke phezu kokuba benamalungelo abo kulokhu kepha awashaywa ndiva. Ngenxa yalo ku hlukunyezwa, izigidi ezingu 60 za boMama okungabe ba saphila seba sishiya emhlabeni. Kwezinye izifunda kunezinga labesilisa elikhulu ngo 5% nga phezu kwa be sifazane ngo kuhushulwa kwe zisu ngenhloso uma ingane inge yesifazane, kanye nokubulawa kwezingane zesifazane. I-nhlangano yo mhlaba ye zinyunyana imashela ukuqinisekisa ukuthi lesisimo asi mukeleki futhi masiphelisiwe!

Simashela ukugcinisela ukuthi aboMama bana malungelo:

  • Oku ligana kwa mathuba no kupathwa emsebenzini, imisebenzi eminigi nengcono ivuleke kubantu besifazane, iholo elifanayo ngomsebenzi ozengine elifanayo ngombenzi ozingeni elifanayo, baholelwe imali nxa bethathe ikhefu lokuyokubeletha nokunye;
  • Nethuba elilinganayo lemfundo nokuqeqeshwa;
  • Namathuba alinganayo ezimalini, kakhulukazi kulaba abazisebenzayo ngasazebenzi emafemeni;
  • Ezindlu izingambi eqolo futhi zitholakala kuwonkewonke, imihlaba, namanzi, ukudla kanye nezinto zokuhamba.
  • Ukunakekelwa kanye no kuvikelwa kwabamtu abanegciwane eliyisandlulelangculazi kanye ne ngculazi.

Simashela:

  • Ekuqedeni zonke izindlela zohlukunyezwa komame na mantombazana emakhaya, emisebenzini, emapulazini, kanye nasemigaqweni;
  • Ekuqedeni izinhlelo izimisiwe kanye nokuhudulwa kwezinyayo ekuqumeni izimali zomphakathi kanye nasezikhungwini zomphakathi;
  • Ekusulweni kwezikweletu zawo wonke amzwe ane mikhono imifishane;
  • Izinhlelo zo bulili zithathwe njengezibalulekile emiqulwini yomthetho yekusebenza nase zinhlelweni;

Ukulingana ngokwanele phakathi kwaboMama naBeSilisa emaphakathini, emisebenzini kanye nasonhlangothini lezinyunyana.


Memorandum: ICFTU World Women's March 2000

Fight Poverty & Violence Against Women!

At the 17th World Congress of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions on the 3-7 April 2000, delegates, representing 125 million workers all over the world, 40% of whom are women, are joined by their sisters and brothers of COSATU, NACTU and FEDUSA in Durban in a March to call for an end to poverty and violence against women.

It is a well-known fact that while women continue to produce most of the world's food, they also are the most likely to face starvation. Gender inequalities throughout the world ensure that men, even poor men, are always better off than women. Women make up:

  • 70 % of the world's poor;

  • nearly two-thirds of the world's 855 million illiterate adults;

  • more than half of those infected with the HIV/Aids virus in the age bracket 15-24.

Because of this imbalance in gender relations, we believe it is important to analyse the issue of poverty from a woman's perspective.

Women and girls do two thirds of the world's work for 5% of the income.

So when women stop everything stops.

While $700 billion a year is spent on military budgets worldwide, less than $20 billion is spent on the essentials of life (accessible clean water, health, sanitation and basic education)! The gap between the rich and the rest is "grotesque" and growing: the wealth of the three richest families is greater than the yearly income of 600m people in the poorest countries. One third of the world's population depends on firewood for fuel, which is collected by women and children. In Africa, women and girls grow 80% of the food consumed. In Asia, many women and girls spend up to five hours a day gathering firewood. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 25% of the population - up to 90% among Native people - have no access to safe drinking water. In industrialised countries, women doing waged work still earn only about 50% of what men earn.

Women's yearly-unpaid contribution is estimated to be worth $11 trillion at least. Society, and even the market, would not survive without the unpaid work of women, in the home, on the land, in family businesses, in places of worship, in neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities.

In addition to the spectre of poverty haunting women across the world, women face a daily threat of violence. In the past century we have seen a massive increase in the levels of rape and domestic violence. Capitalism has widened the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” and has ensured that women have become even more disempowered than before. Violent crimes however are not limited to the poor – women from all classes find themselves victims of rape, domestic violence and abuse. This is all the more acute when women are poor, because they are often forced to stay with abusive partners because they are financially dependent. In addition to this, social security systems are very seldom sympathetic to the poor, especially when they are women. This results in very few women reporting incidents of rape and domestic abuse.

As representatives of the organised working class affiliated to the ICFTU, gathered here in Durban, South Africa, we demand that this situation change. We will fight for an end to poverty and economic oppression of women. We will fight for an end to violence and abuse against women. We will fight for economic and social justice across the globe! We call on trade unions, business and governments to ensure that women live in a violence-free society.

We call for the cancellation of the debt of democratic least developed countries that respect human rights. The work women do - massively increased as a result of structural adjustment programmes required by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank - has more than repaid that debt.

We want accessible, clean drinking water and ecologically sound technology for every household - we all deserve cookers, refrigerators, washing machines, computers . . . just because we're poor doesn't mean we have fewer needs.

We are marching to ensure women's rights to:

  • Affordable and accessible housing and transportation.

  • Protection against all forms of violence – at home, in the workplace, on the farm, on the street . . .

  • Pay equity for all – equal pay for work of equal value. Paid maternity leave and full maternity protection.

  • Equal opportunity and treatment at the workplace: more and better jobs, quality training and education, health and safety at work, access to promotion, etc.;

  • Treatment and protection for people with HIV/AIDS.

We are marching for:

  • The eradication of all forms of violence against women and girls at home, in the workplace, on the farms, in the streets;

  • An end to structural adjustment programmes and cutbacks in social budgets and public services;

  • Cancellation of the debt of all democratic least developed countries that respect human rights;

  • Gender issues to be central to labour policies and programmes;

  • Full equality between women and men in society, at work and in the trade unions!



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