Women on the March for People’s Empowerment
MLPC Women Candidates Call on Canadians to Fight for Their Empowerment
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada is fielding 25 women candidates in this election out of a total of 50. By taking bold stands in defence of the rights of all under the banner Empower Yourself Now! these worker politicians oppose the neo-liberal anti-social offensive and nation-wrecking of the ruling elite, and strive to turn things around in favour of the people of Quebec, Canada and the world. They fight for the recognition and affirmation of the rights people have by virtue of being human.
Women face systemic discrimination targeting them as “fair game” for attacks. Official arrangements define women’s place in society as second class citizens receiving lower wages and having to fend for themselves and their children. Women suffer greatly from the toleration of backward definitions of rights including “father right” and “husband right,” which treat them like property. At work, employers and managers commonly use their positions of authority to harass women sexually and in other ways.
Governments foster arrangements that permit atrocities against the female person including super exploitation, human trafficking, slave labour, female infanticide, abuse and violence against women and children and other vulnerable collectives of the people. This has worsened as a consequence of the neo-liberal, anti-social offensive and nation-wrecking that are today features of inter-imperialist competition for resources, cheap labour and domination. Women and children also bear the brunt of imperialist sanctions, aggression and wars. They are thus in the front ranks of the peoples’ resistance and the struggle to build the New.
Women have set the line of march when they say No Means NO! Not in Our Name! These slogans of militant opposition express the essence of the women’s movement that seeks to defy a political power which deprives them of the ability to control their lives and conditions of life.
Women have the right to decide on all matters that affect their lives including imperialist aggression and war and Canada’s participation in it, and their desire to make Canada a zone for peace with an anti-war government. They demand the ending of the use of sanctions to bring about regime change and the ending of discrimination against migrants, separation of families, caging of children and other infamies committed in the name of high ideals. They unite with the youth in the call Not a Single Youth for Imperialist War!
Women are on the march to put an end to violence against Indigenous women and girls and realize justice for those who have been murdered or gone missing. The resolve of Indigenous women to build the New inspires everyone to speak out and fight against their marginalization and the colonial injustices committed against them and their nations. The people do not accept the practice of the Canadian government and Prime Minister of apologizing for everything while continuing to impose colonial relations and decision-making, and refusing the just demand for nation-to-nation relations and redress for all the wrongs that continue to be committed against Indigenous peoples.
Women everywhere are showing courageous leadership in advancing the fight for their rights, empowerment and democratic renewal. The further development of women’s leading role is one of the most important contributions to the emancipation of all working people with the creation of a society that recognizes and guarantees the rights of all.
During and after the election, the MLPC appeals to all Canadian women to unite, organize and work for democratic renewal and empowerment. This political fight needs women in the forefront of the work to set the agenda, define the issues, to speak out and provide solutions.
Together, It Can Be Done! Join In!
Empower Yourself Now!