Date(s) - Mar 21, 2015 - Mar 22, 2015
In March 2015 the African People’s Socialist Party will host a Conference on African Women in the U.S. and England, with the goal of consolidating the African National Women’s Organization (ANWO) which will assume for itself the responsibility of bringing women into political life while attacking the myriad of deep and profound political, social and economic issues with which African women have to confront daily.
In addition to the “women’s issues” that most people are familiar with – childcare, unemployment and underemployment, social immobility and poverty – the African Internationalist Conference on African Women will also embrace a host of issues that African women are burdened with as part of an oppressed people.
One major issue that will be discussed is the impact that colonialism has had on the African family unit. In the U.S. nearly 72% of African children are born to single parents; with a majority of them being raised by single mothers. In Britain almost half of African children are being raised by single parents.
These daunting percentages are a result of the colonial conditions that prevent African men from fully participating in the lives of their families as a result of the mass incarceration – which robs African families of husbands, brothers, and sons- extrajudicial killings carried out by the state, horizontal violence and economic welfare requirements that promote the division of the family.
The conference will also deal with the growing numbers of African women being pushed into the prison system, an issue that is only now beginning to achieve public attention.