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The continuing importance of International Women's Day

 International Women's Day demonstration Philippines

Working class women all around the world have always been at the forefront of the struggle against patriarchy and exploitation. International Women's Day (IWD) has a history going back to the early 20th century when urbanized and working class workers started to organize and demand their rights.

While there has been a lot of progress in the last century, much remains to be done, especially for working class women in poorer countries. Jiselle Hanna is one of the main organizers of the IWD rally in Melbourne, Australia. She's also one of the people who brings you Asia Pacific Currents each week.  She sits in front of the "guest" microphone this week to talk about the demands of IWD and the central role of working class women in advocating and campaigning for better rights.

Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links, in the studio of 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia

Image:  Wikimedia - International Women's Day demonstration Philippines

 

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