The activists from the Women’s Network of Croatia, women’s syndicate group Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia, Independent Trade Unions of Croatia, the Croatian Association of Workers’ Unions and Parents in Action are organizing a protest action on the occasion of Women’s Day on Wednesday, 8 March 2017, named Women against Misery.

With the action they are warning of the difficult socio-economic conditions women of all age are living in, in Croatia.

-where 96% of newly-employed women get fixed term contracts
-where women are exposed to sexual abuse, harassment and blackmail at the workplace
-where an increased number of retired women live below the poverty line
-where women receive lower salaries for equal work
-where an insufficient number of nurseries and kindergartens are provided
-where the state transfers the duty of caring for the most vulnerable groups to women
-where women are deprived of reproductive rights, sexual rights, and rights to free health care
-where women aren’t protected from violence
-where women are exposed to systematic discrimination.

They are looking for social justice. They will not allow a further collapse of human rights. They are demanding that the Government of the Republic of Croatia ceases to violate the constitutional provisions, laws and international documents that it is obliged to implement.

The action starts with a gathering at the Labor Temple at 9am, where a bus with banners will head towards the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy and the Ministry of Labor and Pension System. In front of each of the ministries there will be a short speech held and requests will be submitted.

After visiting the ministries, there will be a gathering at the Ban Josip Jelačić Square at noon. Everyone is invited to join in order to warn about the increasing female poverty and the responsibility of the Government of Croatia.

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The Feminist collective – fAKTIV is inviting all to the action „Night March-March 8th“, which will be held on March 8th, 2017 starting at 6pm in Zagreb.

The full release:

Last year, in a large number, we had marched the way of a centennial struggle of women for their rights and all human rights. We have said that this fight lasts all year-that we will fight against fascism, violence, wars, poverty, capitalistic exploitation and all forms of social injustice. That we will defend the threaten right of women and fight for a system and society in which we have all the material conditions for making decisions about our own lives.

March 8th is a celebration as well as a day to respect this fight and its practices. It is an unwavering act of resistance to all those who wish to oppose the already elected rights.

For a long time we have witnessed the spreading of neoconservative ideology, which is breaking down on the fundamental rights of women, on the LGBT community and all others. We commend these patriarchate promoters, promoters of forced reproduction, self-claimed “life supporters”, who serve us the story of “life” while at the same time empowering fear and spreading hatred:

You don’t stand a chance. Women won’t agree. There is no turning back. Don’t count on us in your big demographic renewal. Although it is sad that we are fighting for something that was already declared almost 40 years ago, it mustn’t discourage us. Often, unfortunately, we do not choose our revolution, but we are obligated to participate in the struggle against the patriarchy and fascism in which we find ourselves. We are obliged to react, defend our rights, and not allow ourselves to be oppressed.

We follow our predecessors-fighters who have struggled for a safe and legal abortion, let us join the ever-present and growing global feminist resistance and shout out loud: No, you will not! This is the time of resistance!  Now is the time of resistance!

Join us at the March 8th Night march! We are gathering at 6pm at the Square of the Victims of Fascism. The march starts at 6.30pm.