Statement of the International Migrants Alliance in commemoration of International Women’s Day 2017

Arouse, Organize and Mobilize Women Migrants, Immigrants and Refugees To Resist Attacks to our rights, and Against Oppression and Exploitation of Women

Statement of the International Migrants Alliance in commemoration of International Women’s Day 2017

The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) joins and salutes all the struggling women of the world in marking this year’s International Women’s Day with marches, protests, strikes and all forms of actions to resist worsening attacks on rights, oppression and exploitation of women. Continue reading

Fight capitalist greed and exploitation; Women and men migrants unite for dignity, against modern-day slavery

The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) commemorates the 2015 International Women’s Day by calling on all women and men migrants, refugees and displaced peoples all over the world to stand up against injustice and modern-day slavery.

We make this call even as we celebrate with Erwiana Sulistyaningsih the success of her court case against her former employer who has abused, violated and treated her like a slave for eight months.

Herself formerly a victim, Erwiana now stands among us as a survivor, an advocate and an activist. She has learned that only through collective struggle can marginalized, oppressed peoples like her can win their battles and achieve justice. Together with lawyers and migrant-serving institutions were throngs of migrant workers from Hong Kong who have banded together in an organized effort to raise support for her case, build awareness and solidarity among migrants and locals, and encourage people in Hong Kong and even elsewhere to fight modern-day slavery.

We make this call because the fight is far from over.

Migrants are among the first to experience the crunch of the global economic crisis. With the crisis of neoliberal globalization intensifying and ever spiraling down, migrants can expect the worst forms of oppression, discrimination, social exclusion and exploitation.

Bilateral and multilateral agreements among States have only intensified the commodification of migrant labor, treating migrant workers merely as cheap, docile labor with no rights or freedoms. In countries of migrants’ destination, existing laws and policies that demean migrants and deprive them of rights, movement and freedoms continue to be made more stringent and oppressive. In their own countries, migrants and their families see no hope of any pro-people development as their own governments continue to implement neoliberal policies that have always prioritized capitalist profits over the rights and dignity of peoples.

In the light of the new sustainable development goals being formulated in the United Nations, it is but proper for us to involve ourselves in the process, whether within it or outside it. We need to raise our voices and make them louder, both at the local and international levels. We need to register our resistance against a very neoliberal and corporate framework that global leaders use in shaping these goals and directing our future, at our expense.

Wherever we may be, we need to stand up, band together and form ourselves in organizations, forge principled unities with other groups and build solidarity. For wherever there is exploitation of a migrant or refugee, there should be organized resistance.

Today is the ripe moment to stand up and resist.

Statement on the 2015 International Women’s Day
Eni Lestari, IMA Chairperson (+852-9608-1475)

IMA Statement for 2014 International Women’s Day

The world was shocked with the pictures of the bruises, wounds and obvious sufferings of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, an Indonesian woman domestic worker in Hong Kong. The shock turned to anger, and the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) enjoins all migrants to turn our anger into collective actions to change the condition of millions of us who live and work with abuses, exploitation and oppression. Continue reading

Fight for a better now! Rise and resist capitalist exploitation and abuse!

Statement of the International Migrants’ Alliance on the 2013 International Women’s Day

Fight for a better now! Rise and resist capitalist exploitation and abuse!

This shall be the call of the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) as we join the many working women around the world in commemorating the International Working Women’s Day this March 8, 2013.

We remember and continue to be inspired by the defiance of the women workers who fought for class and gender liberation when they struggled collectively against low wages, long working hours and oppressive working condition in the factories they worked in. Their defiance and struggle was what started and marked the International Working Women’s Day and it is what we aim to continue unto this day.

The active participation of our women and men members in the February 14, 2013 One Billion Rising campaign is a clear manifestation of our collective unity against exploitation and oppression of women. Continue reading