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8 March 2019

International Women's Day 2019: End oppression with fight for socialism

On Friday, 8th March, women across the globe are striking, marching, protesting and celebrating International Women’s Day in unprecedented numbers. In a welcome development, they will be accompanied by more men than in the past who see the need to fight the special oppression of women.

Not all those who mark this special day will know its historical origin in the strikes, struggles and conferences of working and socialist women at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. It is also the day to honour the lives of women pioneers and socialists.

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12 March 2018

2018 International Women's Day in Nigeria

Just like previous years, International Women's Day in Nigeria was celebrated by the trade unions with low-key activities. Compared with efforts that go into preparation for May Day, how the trade unions mark women's day is one way to understand the status of working women in the unions – a reflection of their overall status in a deeply patriarchal and neo-colonial capitalist society that Nigeria is.

Nevertheless in a few other states, a number of activities were organised by labour unions, the Socialist party of Nigeria (SPN). Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to mark the day.

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7 March 2018

2018 International Women's Day

We Urgently Need a Mass Movement to fight Gender Discrimination, Rape, Sexism, Exploitation and Women Oppression

We women in Nigeria live in utter privation. We still face oppression of various kinds both at home, work, schools and in society. All these cannot be disconnected from the capitalist system - a system that reinforces patriarchy and creates inequality and discrimination. It is a system that survives mainly by oppressing and exploiting the vast majority, including women, to further enrich the tiny minority.

The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), CWI Nigeria, calls for active campaigns led by the labour movement and students' movement against sexism, rape, unequal pay and all cases of women's oppression in workplaces, communities and campuses.

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14 April 2017


Sexual harassment/assault has become an epidemic on campuses. Unfortunately, few of these incidents are reported due to fear of stigmatization by the victims.

According to research, at least one in 5 female students is at risk of sexual assault/harassment. The perpetrators include male lecturers who utilize their role to extract or force sexual gratification from female students. Also other categories of staff as well as male students have been known to harass female students sexually.

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11 March 2017

Trade Unions and Civil Society Celebrate International Women's Day with Marches and Symposia in Lagos

Perhaps, for the first time in Nigeria marches were held to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day. In Lagos there were two such marches. One was organized by a coalition of civil society organizations led by Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and supported by the women commissions of Lagos State Chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC). The second one was organized by the women commission of the United Labour Congress (UCL), the new trade union federation that recently emerged from the split in the NLC.

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8 March 2017




This celebration is taking place at a time when women live in privation. We also still face oppression of various kinds both at home, work, tertiary institutions and the society - such as the refusal to legalize abortion rights, divorce rights, rape/harassment and so on. All these cannot be disconnected from the system (capitalism) - a system that creates inequality and discrimination that women suffer. For women it is a double tragedy. In addition to being exploited as workers in a capitalist society just like men, women again suffer gender oppression in a patriarchal society as ours.

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8 March 2017

International Women's Day 2017

Demonstrations world-wide swelled by anti-Trump anger

A century on from the Russian Revolution

International Women's Day (8th March) is being celebrated with special enthusiasm this year by members of the parties and organisations affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI). It is a hundred years since women workers of Petrograd chose this day to take the action which sparked the historic Russian revolution. It is also the day on which millions world-wide will be on the streets to denounce the reactionary views of the newly elected president of the United States, especially towards women.

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20 April 2016

Why Socialists fight for the liberation of women

Last Thursday, 14 April 2016, makes it exactly two years that 219 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, Borno State. The fate of the Chibok girls makes it important for us to reflect on the challenges women face under capitalism and the solutions that socialism has to all these.

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7 March 2015

Caught in the Middle

Boko Haram Insurgency Highlights the Vulnerable Condition of Women and the Girl - Child in Nigeria

In 2013, the “Ejigbo Sodomy” case hallmarked the gender inequality and the unspeakable violence the female gender experience in a patriarchal Nigeria.

However today in Nigeria, there is probably no other more shocking and brutal signifier of the vulnerable condition of women and the girl-child than the Boko Haram insurgency.

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8 March 2014

International Women's Day 2014

Fighting austerity and oppression world-wide

Clare Doyle (Committee for a Workers' International, )

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