March 8 is the Day for Raising Voices
Demanding Full Equality between Women and Men
The International Women's Day is the day of the protest and
raised voices against all anti-women and anti-human laws, which
were enshrined by the capitalist system and enforced on mankind
all over the world. Women and men are in a continuous struggle
for the abolition of these systems and to change discriminatory
The eighth of March this year coincides with the outbreak of
successive revolutions, both around the world and Arab world
known as the "Arab spring". These revolutions that led to
sweeping changes and removal of dictators like Hosni Mubarak,
Ben Ali, Gaddafi, and soon Bashar al-Assad, and others, was one
of the biggest achievements of the revolutions in the region.
Women have played a clear role in achieving all of these
It is known that the hopes and expectations of the people in
Iraq and the countries in the region were not to have the
Political Islam and nationalists to control political power.
These forces that committed heinous crimes of bombing of people,
killing of women, and imposition of veil on millions of women,
and trading and raping of women and girls, and the violation of
childhood and other crimes, have reached far beyond their
limits. Under the control of these barbaric forces, women
suppression increased over the past decades.
Administrative corruption has become as much as what the former
rulers of Iraq committed. When Saddam Hussein regime was brought
down, and those forces sat on his chair, those militias of
Maliki, Barzani, Talabani, al-Sadr, Allawi, and others, applied
the same constitutions and laws, where they achieved domination
of men over women. Under these laws women do not have any rights
and are suffering from being subjected to men supremacy under
the same rotten laws of the Baathist regime which was based on
Islamic Shari’a laws. Statistics showed that the killing of
women and girls in the name of honor and honor killings by
parents and brothers and husbands are on the rise and that these
crimes still practiced daily in Iraq.
But fortunately, the radical and progressive forces in the world
today and in Iraq are also confronting those reactionaries from
Nationalism and Political Islam and in constant conflict with
them to achieve equal rights for women all over the world. Alia
Al Mahdi (the Egyptian brave woman who defied Political Islam in
Egypt after the revolution) is an example of that courage, and
showed the world "that the woman is the sole owner of herself
and her body and no one has the right to posses her."
Political Islam and reactionary mentality is not only specific
to countries in the Middle East, but also exist in Western
countries, Europe, in the name of Multiculturalism, Respect for
religions and cultures and customs, even if those rotten and
reactionary traditions are against women and inhumane. The
result of these policies is bloodshed for women and girls and in
Western countries this has also become daily practices.
Organization for Women Liberation in Iraq WLI confirms that the
only solution is for women to gain their rights and full
equality with men in all areas. And it is through their
participation and the participation of all who believe in
women's equality to join our organization, to demonstrate and
participate in organizations that unite their forces by raising
slogans demanding full equality of women to men in the fronts of
struggle (Tahrir Squares).
Organization of Women Liberation in Iraq calls upon women and
all equality and freedom lovers, and progressives, to make this
organization a means of struggle to them and to work to its full
potential to confront the suppression of women and work against
the tyranny patriarchy under reactionary Political Islam and
Nationalism and raise the protesting voices against
discrimination and to unify our goals.
Long Live March 8, the International Women's Day!
Long Live Full Equality of Women and Men!
Organization for Women Liberation in Iraq – WLI