8 March 2019

For the elimination of all forms of violence against girls and women and access to justice!

Gender-based violence, discrimination against women and girls and misogyny are manifested daily, ranging from street harassment, sexist jokes to rape and murder. Often the most unsafe place for women is their home.

Most crimes against women go unpunished. Research into court practices shows that law enforcement agencies structurally violate the rights of female violence survivors, starting with how a statement is received and ending with judicial decisions. The absence of a widely accessible network of crisis centers and state supported shelters aggravates the situation of people suffering from gender-based violence.

Forced marriage in various forms, abduction of women, child marriage, polygamy, equated with cultural and religious traditions, seem to be strengthening racist and nationalist sentiments and to constitute an unsolvable problem for society. The roots of violence against women, however, lie in gender inequality, including the economic inequality of women.

For safe conditions and fair wages!

Until now, society continues to divide work between male and female. This leads to the fact that women earn on average a third less than men. In the lowest paid sectors of the economy, women constitute the majority: school teachers, kindergarten teachers, medical and social workers, etc.

Unpaid domestic and reproductive works are considered the limit of female happiness. Therefore, women have less time for development and self-realization. Even if a woman is economically and publicly successful, she achieves success by using the labor of other women from the poor classes (nannies, housekeepers, etc.)

Sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace have been turned into an effective tool for the separation of workers, the formation of distrust between women and men in order to prevent them from uniting and collectively defending their labor rights.

For a free, inclusive and qualitative education without sexism!

Education is rapidly being privatized, turning into a service inaccessible to the majority. Expensive education, however, does not guarantee quality and progressive pedagogy. Analysis of curricula and materials and infrastructure environment shows that today’s education  system is permeated with gender stereotypes and prejudices, limited by numerous barriers, contrary to the principles of gender equality, physical and sexual diversity.

The freedom to be yourself, enough humiliation!

Today, women’s bodies belong to everybody except themselves. Regular initiatives of legislators to prohibit abortion, forced marriages, rape and honor killings are the brightest examples.

Misinterpretation of protection of traditions and family values and strong religious ideology has led to exclusion of body issues, sexual and reproductive behavior from education. As a result, the right to make decisions concerning their body, sexuality and appearance has no practical foundation (is without merit). The transformation of control over female bodies into a profitable product becomes as a normal thing.

At the same time, the access to friendly medical services on reproductive health, the access to safe contraceptives remains a challenge for many women, especially for women from vulnerable communities.  

Equal participation of women in politics and in the decision-making process!

There are still unreasonably few women in positions of power in governance structures. Of particular concern is the fact that in every fifth of the 86 ayil keneshs (regional council) not a single woman was elected.

High positions, as a rule, do not have female definitions, which makes women invisible. At the same time, women’s feminist themes are diminished in politics, the norms adopted by the state on compulsory gender expertise of laws are not violated, and action plans for achieving equality are not being implemented or financed.

Access to public spaces!

Due to uncontrolled construction, sales of state and municipal territories, public spaces have begun to represent a very limited segment of urban and rural life. Lack of parks, public cultural sites, public transport, destroyed sidewalks, cutting of urban trees, air pollution and lack of lighting have obvious gender consequences that negatively affect, primarily, the lives of women, the poor, children, the elderly and people with disabilities.

All who agree with our agenda, unite in the “8/365” march and build a liberating female and feminist movement!

  1. Come to the march with your banners or support others! Meet-up at 10.00 at “Rossija” Cinema
  2. Spend the day at the Women’s Town of Solidarity and contribute to the common agenda “8/365”. Begin at 11.00
  3. Organize discussions about freedom and equality in your community. At any time convenient for you.

Organizational chart of the March

  • March coordinators:  Aigul Kabalina, Farida Lansarova
  • Route: from the “Rossija” cinema to the monument of “Revolution fighters” on Chuy Avenue. Stay on the sidewalk.
  • Slogans and banners : make them in your houses or  in our office
  • March starts at:  10 a.m.
  • Control and interaction signals: print and distribute chants
  • The procedure for meeting with media: say hello to everyone you want and accompany them to our media representatives  _____
  • Procedure in case of meeting with opponents:  safety note  
  • Technical support: loudspeakers on wheels and microphones (volunteers)
  • Security: Provided by public security services. If necessary, call ______ or lawyer ____

 Work Program of the Women’s Town of Solidarity

  • Opening: 11 a.m.
  • Greeting the organizers : 12 p.m. (+ flash mob from Y-Peer)
  • Street university «My body,  my business»: 1 p.m. Speakers performance
  • Agenda «8/365»: 2 p.m. Speakers performance
  • Closing: 3 p.m.

Musical accompaniment:

  • List of compositions

Children’s tent

  • During the march, you can leave your child in the children’s tent. Volunteers will look after your child.
  • It will work from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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