On 8 March, the cause of the Palestinian and Arab women is the cause of liberating her people
The Palestinian woman was and remains at the heart for the battle of national and social liberation.
Comrade Jaldia Abubakra, a member of the Executive Committee of the Masar Badil, the Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement and the Alkarama Palestinian Women’s Mobilization, noted that International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023, comes amid the ongoing crimes of U.S.-led imperialism and the daily crimes and aggression of the Zionist entity against the Palestinian people. The women of Palestine are at the heart of confronting the great challenges facing our Palestinian people and their national liberation movement inside Palestine and in exile and diaspora.
Abubakra said that the cause of Palestinian women is the cause of the liberation of her people and her nation, and the cause of freedom, dignity and justice. “Palestinian women do not require recognition from any party, nor the recognition of their central role in the national and social struggle on the social, cultural, political and resistance fronts, especially in confronting the forces that deprive the Palestinian people of their rights to life and human dignity. The Palestinian woman is at the heart of this battle, just like the Palestinian man, and is not on its margins.”
She emphasized the importance of the growing role of the Alkarama Palestinian Women’s Mobilization and the organizations of the Masar Badil, particularly in organizing and participating in International Women’s Day activities. This comes amid the launch of the March for Palestine campaign with a series of seminars and events. This escalating, continuous activity of the Masar Badil movement and its supporters reflects the escalating role of the Palestinian people in diaspora and exile. Abubakra further highlighted the importance of the participation of women activists in the battle for the liberation of Palestine, not only of Palestinian women.
“The struggle for social liberation is not separate from the struggle for national liberation. Rather, it is an integral part of our comprehensive movement against imperialism, Zionism and the ruling classes in our country, and against the system of domination, exclusion and exploitation. The enemy of the Palestinian woman is the camp of racists and colonizers and the system of social oppression which benefits the ruling capitalist class and its corrupt system,” Abubakra said.
She warned against falling into the trap of a merely seasonal recognition of International Women’s Day, noting the importance of organizing on this historic occasion, which commemorates the struggle of women around the world over the years and their continuing struggle for liberation, social justice, labour organization, education, work, health care and more. These are daily struggles that continue to this day for working women internationally.
Abubakra saluted the Palestinian women prisoners in Zionist jails, noting that the women prisoners represent the struggle of the entire Palestinian people, standing in the revolutionary vanguard of the Palestinian and Arab resistance movement and struggling inside and outside prison with her comrades and brothers in one battle.
She also noted the struggle of Palestinian women in the refugee camps, true representatives of the Palestinian popular and working classes who adhere firmly to their national and social rights despite colonialism and siege, who have been fighting for over 75 years for return and liberation.