The “Women’s strike” on 25 November against “femicide, rape and sexual violence” against the “double oppression and double exploitation of women” took place and was successful, beyond expectations. The sparks have begun lighting many fires, from North to South. The prevailing feeling among the women who have observed, first time in Italy, this historic strike is PRIDE! The women workers were the most exciting news!
In the factories of engineering, logistics platforms, from Bergamo to Bologna, etc., in some jobs the workers have gone on strike in hundreds. Also the women working in many jobs, private and public, precarious, blackmailed, humiliated, on 25 felt themselves strong, because they have dared to challenge in many ways and they won! Along with them, the novelty of female immigrant workers, who have rejected the double blackmail. Their presence, though still small, after the State massacre of women and children in the sea of Lampedusa, was a signal to say “Never more”.
Especially in the factories, the workers, many unions delegates, have had the courage to observe the women’s strike in open opposition and breaking with the opportunist and hypocrite line of the national secretariats of the CGIL and their leader, Susanna Camusso. This too was a spark whose effects can cause fires repeatedly. The women did it, in a situation of ongoing struggle on individual battles, where often a rupture emerges between workers and official unions to take stand on whether women should or should not be the players of a double struggle, of class and gender, also in the trade union movement. This strength, courage, “challenge”, pride of the workers, women who took in their hands the “women’s strike” and turned it from “slogan” into a reality, albeit still initial, give the correct proletarian mark to the “women’s strike”, a strike that is mainly an expression of the most exploited and oppressed women, those who have not only a chain to break but double, dozens of chains.
Another force of the strike in many cities were the female students. Veritable “zones of explosion” have been seen, mainly in the South. The girls brought to the strike, in the demonstrations, the fresh wind of their beautiful rebellion and the will of fighting, and said loudly: “they kill us, deny us the future, but we are not afraid, we rebel, we want to make a revolution that will change heaven and earth”. Breaking with the myths and stereotypes about girls, they rose again and again the rebellious cry: “you’ll never get us as you want us!”
The intertwining of class and gender that brings the strike of women is the right weapon, a “danger” for the bosses, governments, State, men, who hate women, it is a “mixture” that can ignite the prairie. This strike intertwined the struggle against femicides and rapes with the overall class war that this social system carry out on women, a reality that confirms once again that the condition of women in a society is a measure of the degree of civilization of that society and that the struggle of women is crucial for the revolution to overthrow from the top to the bottom this social system, according to the theory and practice of the “revolution within the revolution”, to build a new society in which “all life has to change until new relations between men and women …”. In this, the strike of women in Italy joins the revolutionary struggle of our sisters in the frontlines of people’s wars and puts another important stone in that “bridge”, from Italy to India to the whole world, that we have begun to build.
FOR EVERY WOMAN KILLED, RAPED AND HARRASSED WE ARE ALL AN INJURED PARTY!
FOR FEMICIDES MOURNING IS NOT ENOUGH, YOU WILL PAY HIGH, YOU WILL PAY EVERYTHING!
UNEMPLOYMENT, POVERTY, HIGH COST OF LIVING, GET IT OVER WITH THESE GOVERNMENTS!
MODERN MIDDLE AGES, DOUBLE OPPRESSION, WOMEN IN STRUGGLE FOR THE REVOLUTION!
LONG LIVE THE WOMEN’S STRIKE!
November 25, 2013 Revolutionary Proletarian Feminist Movement – Italy