AWP Punjab’s political school ends with a call for educating, mobilising workers, peasants and women

Islamabad: A two-day political school, organised by the Awami Workers Party (AWP) Punjab for party office-bearers and cadres concluded at Bhurban, Murree on Sunday.
A large number of party comrades from all over Punjab and the twin cities of Islamabad-Rawalpindi attended the school and participated in debates.
In the first session on the first day, Dr Asim Sajjad, president, AWP Punjab, presented his paper on “Capitalism in the 21st Century and our Politics”.
He discussed in detail the transformation of post-industrial capitalism, globalisation and neoliberal economic agenda of the imperialism and their impact on working class as well as the challenges to Left-wing politics in the developing world.
The second paper was presented by Shahab Saquib on “Technology and its impact on society and social relationship”.
In the second session, Prof Salahuddin presented his paper on mechanisation in the agriculture sector in and its impact on peasants and class structure of the central Punjab. The participants discussed the paper and stressed the need for mobilising workers in the agriculture sector and making them part of our politics.
On the second day, AWP Punjab deputy general secretary Alia Amirali and Tooba Syed presented an interesting and well-researched paper on “Feminism and the Progressive Politics” that followed a heated debate on the issue. They highlighted the problems of working class women and home-based workers. The participants discussed the issues of gender-based violence, discrimination in every stratum of life and the economic exploitation under patriarchy system. They stressed the need for change in attitude not only within the party but also in society towards women. They also discussed strategy to work with working class women and to struggle for their political, economic and social emancipation and empowerment.