To mark International Women's Day, communist women from the South West have written articles for the district website. The site homepage has been given over to them.

As onslaught of global capital against the working class continues, it is often women who face the brunt of the ruling class's ideology. As socialists fighting for a better world we must remember the words of Clara Zetkin:

"The incorporation of the great masses of proletarian women in the liberation struggle of the proletariat is one of the prerequisites for the victory of the socialist idea and for the construction of a socialist society."

The Communist Party supports the Charter for Women which aims to inspire a new and inclusive socialist feminist theory and practice that will motivate a new generation of women activists and revitalise the fight for women's liberation.

As I reflect on the last 12 month's since our last IWD, it's hard sometime to be positive.

I have received a letter from the DWP spelling out changes to my state pension. I was expecting this on my 60th birthday next year, I will now have to work for a further six and a half years. We are repeated told that "we are all living longer, these changes are necessary due to the financial mess the last government left us in". I am not receptive to this nonsense! British Capitalists played a full part in preparing the Europe-wide attack on working pensions, in 2000 when a White Paper to the EU Lisbon Summit entitled European Pensions, Repeal for Reform – which really means a Repeal for Theft.

International Women's Day each year provides an opportunity to focus in depth on the condition of women, the class struggle against inequality and the tasks that face us in the immediate and more long-term future.

In Britain, the austerity measures of the Coalition have been nothing less than a brutal assault on working class women. Beginning with the Emergency Budget of June 2010, draconian measures "to fill the economic deficit" have hit women hardest, taking their jobs and slashing the benefits and services on which so many depend. And, with less than a quarter of the already-planned cuts implemented, the worst is yet to come. To come, that is, unless we put a stop to it.

As a disabled woman, I have not only suffered from illness for most of my life, but from discrimination and stigma. I live in the cosy schizophrenic ghetto, where people are kind to each other, and help each other. But events outside the ghetto are moving on apace. We are demonised by the press and the Tories for being lazy scroungers, which is easy for them because there is nothing ostensibly wrong with us. Yet some of us – erroneously, like a friend of mine – fear for their life every day, and others of us – like another friend of mine – hear voices telling them that their friends are dead, or otherwise insulting them. This friend is afraid to go out because of what he might hear. Can you imagine living life like that?

When I carried my children every part of my being worked to nourish them with my very best of everything. This continued until they were weaned.

The world, like my body, works its hardest but it is not our children that are nourished.

Working parents, childcare costs, high bills squeeze us into needing cheaper foods. Suppliers cut corners to meet the needs of the super-power-markets who fight for the custom of the masses: the slaves that we have become. It is our Value Range-Blue-Stripe-chicken-nugget-fed children suffering the consequences of this profit driven system.

We nourish the Fat-Cry-Babies at the top! Why do we carry THEM?

We must stop the rich feeding off our children. Now would be good....

It was the morning after the most influential man of my lifetime had passed away. Venezuela was in mourning and so was I. I walked into the school building to find that a last minute assembly had been called - surely, I thought, it will be some kind of remembrance presentation.

No.

I had already sat through this particular assembly at least three or four times in my school life. Pricing a child's future against bags of rice.

Fair Trade is not a bad thing. Anyone who goes out of their way to help make someone else's life better has my respect.
But me buying this one bag of rice...might help one child.
I am a Communist.
And I am a woman.
I want to make every child's life better.