Leading Coventry trade unionist urges support for International Women’s Day meeting

Leading Coventry trade unionist urges support for International Women’s Day meeting

jane-nellist

Jane Nellist

Coventry Socialist Party are holding a meeting this week to mark International Women’s Day 2018. The event will take place on Thursday 8th March, 7.30pm at Methodist Hall, Warwick Lane, Coventry City Centre, CV1 2HA. Please visit the Facebook event for more information.

Here Jane Nellist, a prominent socialist trade unionist in the city, explains why she is attending the meeting and why everyone should attend.

“It’s 48 years since the first Women’s Liberation demonstration took place in London on March 6th 1971.  This had a huge impact on me as a 15 year old, reading about the demand for equal pay and equal rights for women.  It gave me confidence. This year we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the right for some women to vote (all working class women gained the vote 10 years later!).
Whilst women have made huge strides forward thanks to the struggles of women, especially working class women, there is still a long way to go.
As a member of the Socialist Party in Coventry, I will be going to the public meeting on Thursday 8th March, International Women’s Day, at the Methodist Central Hall to discuss how we can take the fight for full rights for women and the real liberation from a class system that still divides and rules us.
The equal pay gap, continuing sexual harassment of women, the cuts to our services- our health, our safety and our children’s services and many more- must be challenged.
But more importantly we have to rid ourselves of capitalism that creates a society where the 99% are forced to endure austerity whilst the 1% continue to cream off vast wealth.
We stand in the shoes of those women and men who have fought and won- the Ford Workers, the women Chainmakers, the working class women in the cotton mills fighting for the vote.
Come and join us on Thursday evening”

 

Solidarity greetings on International Women’s Day 2015 – Fight for socialism!

Solidarity greetings on International Women’s Day 2015 – Fight for socialism!

International Women's Day 2015

International Women’s Day 2015

Coventry Socialist Party is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and the struggles of working class women across the world by hosting a meeting next week entitled ‘Revolutionary Women and the Fight Against Austerity Today’. We encourage you to attend, the details are –

Wednesday 11th March

6pm, Urban Coffee Company, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, CV1 5ED. Facebook event page here

We are also posting the following links from the international organisation that we are part of, the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) which is active in 50 countries around the world. These links are a useful resource for IWD and the global battle against capitalism and give an insight in to some of the work that the CWI is engaged in.

Sri Lanka – Women face up to the challenges

China – Capitalism is pushing back women’s rights

Sweden – Breakthrough for Feminist party

Scotland – Exploited at work, fighting back

England and Wales – Women and new unionism: lessons for today

If you have read these links and want to get involved, click here!