Towards 60th foundation anniversary of Women’s International Democratic Federation
Experiencing a crisis and then a revivification in early 90s, WIDF, with the office in Paris, France and the leadership of its Direction Committee under the presidency of Ms. Sylvie Jan – who is also President of French Solidarity Women’s Union, had overcome many difficulties and step by step strengthened itself and been able to regain its position and voice to represent women from countries struggling for peace, national independence and women’s rights. At the end of 2002, in WIDF 13th Congress held in
Analysing international situation and its influence to women’s life as well as women’s organizations’ activities, WIDF decided to launch a global campaign to, in a joint effort with international networks, call for responses to the World Social Forum’s slogan “Another world is possible”, and at the same time call upon women throughout the world to fight against the neo- liberal globalization by promoting mass activities against imperialism, military occupation, economic blockage, ect...as these cause poverty increase and environment damage.
With regards to women’s employment, women’s rights, social security and WIDF’s integration in the women’s workers’ struggle,in WIDF view, the neo - libertarianism does not ensure women’s equality and women’s rights in social welfare including maternal rights. Female workers have gradually lost their rights, therefore to improve their situation, WIDF has committed to fight against policies and conditions imposed by IMF, WB and WTO, especially privatizing big companies, which causes high rate of unemployment and poverty. WIDF has also promoted its efforts for non-discriminatory labor laws to ensure equal access of women from different sectors, classes and nations to opportunities, incentives, health and social insurances.
In the global context where wars and social conflicts continuousely occurredcausing great consequences for women and children, WIDF has committed itself to many activities to push pressure on and requested Israel Government to respect human rights, national independence and territory integration of Palestine, as well as the United States to withdraw its troops from Iraq and stop its threat to peace in the Middle East and other countries. WIDF also calls on women in the world to support the struggle/movements by women from
WIDF also condemns any form of violence against women in family and society; condemns the oppression of patriarchy regime, the sex-based discrimination and the social inhumane and unjust treatment towards women, especially women immigrants and refugees. WIDF views prostitution, sexual exploitation and trafficking in women and children as forms of violence, against which WIDF reconfirms its commitment to fight.
The Resolution also states out specific activities to be carried out by WIDF and its affiliated members in 2005 to celebrate its 60th Birthday. one of the activities is to disseminate information on WIDF history, role and achievements on its special publications as well as the mass media means at national, regional and international levels. All the affiliated organizations are requested to start from 1st January, 2005 writing on the top of their official papers the phrase “60th Anniversary of WIDF” and to celebrate WIDF 60th foundation anniversary simultaneously on 1st December 2005.WIDF requests its member organizations to hold national, regional and international meetings to give inputs/proposals to its Platform of Action for the next decade. WIDF also maps out several specific measures to strengthen its role in the UN system to bring into full play its consultative status in ECOSOC and boost its linkage with other international women’s organizations including Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), International Council of Women, ect.…
VWU’s delegation consisting of 7 members headed by President Ha Thi Khiet attended the WIDF 13th Direction Committee Meeting and brought to the Meeting the recommendations made by WIDF Asia Pacific Meeting, which was held in August, 2004 in the Philippines. All these recommendations have been included in WIDF Resolution. At the proposal of VWU and Indian Women’s Federation, the Resolution has shown WIDF support to the peace initiative for the conflicts between