Vahidha Nizam from AITUC India, Represented the WFTU Leadereship and addressed the main Intervention at the Asia-Pacific Working Women Conference, which took place in Hanoi, Vietnam on 23-25 July 2014.
“This workshop for women workers is organised at the most crucial juncture. WFTU has rightly felt the exigent need for this imperative exercise, to organise and equip women to fight against the capitalist barbarism for equality and justice” she noted.
Speaking about the objective of the Conference she underlined: “Our discussions here will indeed open up new vistas, broaden our horizons and provide newer and wider prospects to move towards our objective. All the delegates assembled here, we trust, should be possessing knowledge and experience of the issues on hand. At the end of the day, we know that women workers do not have an alternative except to fight against the capitalist onslaught. A united struggle of all workers, men and women, against the exploitative system to usher in an era of equitable society which alone can ensure equality and justice to women, is the need of the hour. Socialism it is, that is our objective”.
The exploitation will not be everlasting Vahidha Nizam said: “Subjugation and oppression of women is not an inescapable evil that existed and would continue in the long run of history. It was in the historic transformation and creation of family as the economic unit started the oppression of women and it is the economic logic of capitalism that is responsible for the acute poverty and the wretched squalor suffered by women workers. In all the earlier epochs as in the present aeon capitalism has always been anti women as much as it has been anti worker. Sexual division of labour was imposed by the capitalist system. Family as the economic unit is an integral part of reproduction of capitalist relations to ensure steady supply of labour power. The discrimination based on gender and dismal deprivation of women is the making of capitalist cruelty. Poverty and miseries, unemployment and underemployment, job loss and wage cut, menial jobs for women, denial of maternity benefit and social security, job insecurity and unprotected migrant labour – all at once are the attributes of the capitalist cruelty. There can be no other option except to renew our historic vow, “Overthrow of capitalism is our objective”.
Read below her entire intervention.