PFLP International Women’s Day Statement
Our comrades in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine salute Palestinian and Arab women on International Women’s Day
On March 8, 2009, International Women’s Day, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine expresses its greetings and salutes of pride and appreciation and admiration for the heroic Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip, who upheld their families, their nation and humanity in the face of genocide and war crimes committed by the U.S/Israeli war machine and Israel’s murderous terrorism. The daughters and sons of the Palestinian people remained steadfast, despite suffering under a brutal siege and aggression in the face of daily silence and complicity by the international community.
The Front commended the historic role of the Palestinian woman, standing side by side with the Palestinian man at the forefront of the struggle for national liberation, democracy and social development within and outside occupied Palestine, as well as her heroic role in the preservation of Palestinian culture and national traditions and the preservation of the unity and resilience of the Palestinian social fabric, including the Palestinian family, and as part of the Palestinian national resistance under the harshest conditions of aggression, occupation, displacement, refugee status and deprivation of the most basic human, economic, social and political rights.
On this International Women’s Day, the Front offers its warmest greetings and salutes of honor and loyalty to the steadfast Palestinian women in Palestine and the diaspora – the fighter and the mother of the steadfast Palestinian resistance, the martyr and the mother of martyrs, the prisoner and the mother of prisoners, the activist and the mother of the activists who stand daily to confront the schemes of the occupier and its state terrorism, who promote a culture of tenderness, steadfastness and unity, who have protected the Palestinian family, and raised generations of Palestinian children to love the land and the people, uphold truth and dignity and the will of the resistance in the face of injustice, occupation and aggression, and who have sacrificed continually to remain on the land of Palestine and hold high the banner of freedom, justice and peace.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine congratulates Palestinian and Arab women, and the women of the world, renewing its resolve to continue our struggle on International Women’s Day, born of the struggle of women, celebrated in all countries of the world and the United Nations, honoring the sacrifices and the heroic struggle of women’s rights and women’s struggle. This day has become a symbol of the unity of women’s struggle around the world, to honor achievements and to renew and reaffirm the determination to continue the struggle for the liberation of women and for full equality and against all forms of discrimination, persecution and violence against women.
The Popular Front called for the enhancement of the struggle and the national resistance to free the steadfast prisoners in the Zionist prisons and camps, calling upon women’s organizations and associations on the Arab and international level, and relevant United Nations organizations to actively work and do their part in solidarity with women prisoners and all prisoners, and with the women and the people of Palestine, to free the prisoners from the grip of the occupier and bring the war criminals, the leaders of the occupation state, before international courts, and to support the empowerment of the Palestinian people and the achievement of self-determination and national independence.
The Front affirmed its firm commitment to continue to struggle to defend the rights of Palestinian women in employment, education, health care and the family and to hold fast to its duty in the struggle to ensure the economic, political, social and cultural rights of women and to ensure that women take their rightful place in decision-making and to partioipate without any discrimination in various fields and bodies, and legislative, executive and judiciary institutions, and to support the struggle of women in Palestinian society, opening the way for the advancement and development of Palestinian society and its liberation from various forms of gender and class exploitation and oppression.
On this occasion, the PFLP has called for the protection of our national culture, our democracy and our achievements of progressive thought, as part of the struggle to put an end to stereotypes and traditional obstacles facing women, restricting women and disrupting their role in development and the national struggle and political, social and economic participation. The march of freedom and national and social liberation requires all of us to sharpen and renew our resolve to continue to develop and modernize the structures of national organizations, women’s organizations, trade unions, cultural and political organizations, including rebuilding the role of the General Union of Palestinian Women, the maintenance of unity, and deepening national and democratic struggle to restore and strengthen its role, position and legitimacy at the national, regional and international levels as a mechanism and central institution for the tremendous contributions of women in leading the Palestinian struggle in all fields of work.
On this day, the Front reaffirms the necessity and urgency of restoring national unity and resistance, protecting democracy, and saluting the martyrs and the prisoners, and calling upon all of our activists and our nation to continue the struggle to fulfill the blood and sacrifices of Palestinian and Arab women for freedom, independence and social liberation.
Long live the Arab and Palestinian Women’s Struggle!
Victory and freedom for the daughters and sons of our people and defeat of occupation and aggression!
8th of March, International Women’s Day