International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) originated in the USA in 1908, when women garment workers held demonstrations protesting against their appalling and dangerous working conditions. The exploitation continues as global capitalism increases its demands for ever lower wages and conditions for workers. Violence against women is still very common. Women make up the majority of the world’s poor and as refugees face particular dangers. Actions and events on March 8 are organised in many countries around the world. In Melbourne, Australia, a demonstration will be held in conjunction with activities by the Victorian Trades Hall Council.