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Protest on International Women's Day 2004

Protest on International Women's Day 2004! Why? Because women are on the front lines all around the world.

We demand:

· Money for caring, not killing – no NZ involvement in the ‘War on Terror’. · No to the Jobs Jolt; Increase the DPB; Equal pay for work of equal value. · Just pay and conditions for workers all around the world. · End the silence around domestic and sexual violence. · Dumping of laws that discriminate against migrants. No to the government theft of the seabed and foreshore.

We want decent pay, education, childcare, reproductive rights, health and education – not warfare!

Rally and march on Monday, March 8, 5.30pm Aotea Square. All welcome!

Auckland International Women’s Day 2004 Statement:

Around the world on this year’s International Women’s Day women and supporters will gather to recognise the struggle for women’s equality and justice: in the workplace, in the home and throughout society. This year’s International Women’s Day takes place at a time when women around the world remain on the front lines of wars on their liberties and livelihoods.

The attack on employment, living standards, health and education affects the working class in general but has its most pernicious effect on women, who find themselves at the end of the chain of exploitation, in the worst jobs, with the least protection and security. International Women's Day reminds us that women are subject to a double oppression. They are oppressed as members of the working class, and also as women.

We recognise that in Palestine and Iraq, women are at the heart of families and communities that have been placed under huge pressure by war and economic blockades. We recognise that women struggle to stretch family budgets to pay for food, housing and other necessities of life. We demand that the New Zealand government withdraw all forces from the Middle East and the whole ‘War on Terror’. We demand: An end to the occupation of Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine!

International Women’s Day provides a focus for expressing solidarity with all these struggles, and for showing that they are all part of one big struggle against capitalism, the system that creates injustice and war.

Last year's International Women's Day was a great success in Auckland: over five hundred women and men from a wide range of organisations, worksites and ethnic groups marched noisily down Queen St and rallied outside the consulate of the United States leaders who are creating such suffering for the women of Iraq. We hope to build on last year's success. Come along and get involved in a historic event.

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