- Published on Monday, 25 November 2013 17:20
La Via Campesina International Press Release
(Harare, November 25, 2013) Throughout these 20 years as La Via Campesina, we have recognized the role of women in all aspects of life. In that sense, we have denounced capitalism and patriarchy as the main generators of all types of violence - physical, ethical, psychological, political and economic - which increase discrimination and violence against women, both young and old.
Rural women worldwide experience class violence inherited from an agrarian structure based on large estates: peasant’s lack of access to land and the means of production and the lack of conditions for remaining on the land due to the destructive power of agribusiness that today is the expression of Capital in the countryside. This economic model is not only responsible for land grabbing and pushing out farmers from their land, but it is also threatening the life of millions of women worldwide through exposing them to pesticides and other poisonous agrochemicals used in the industrial agriculture model.
- Published on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 06:27
(9/19/2013) Joined in the National Coordinated Widows of Guatemala (CONAVIGUA), the indigenous women who lost their husbands and family members during the 36 years of internal armed conflict that devastated Guatemala between 1960 and 1996 decided a few years ago to devote themselves to the protection of land and growing organic products.
“The plants, herbs and other crops such as corn and beans are important in the lives of women,” said María Isabel Soc, member of CONAVIGUA and of the Women’s Commission of the international organization La Vía Campesina. “We are corn and we cannot eat another type of food that is not ours.”
“Many years ago began the process of training and educating women from different regions of the country so that they can put in practice their knowledge within their relationship with Mother Earth, the importance of food sovereignty, taking advantage of the resources they have in their communities and having access to a healthy nutrition,” she added.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 19:28
IV Women's Assembly - Jakarta, June 2013
We are peasant women of the world that in the course of these 20 years of Via Campesina have worked tenaciously to build a universal, broadly based democratic, politically and socially engaged movement in the defense of peasant agriculture, food sovereignty and the struggle for the land, territories justice, equality and the dignity of peasant women and men.
We are women from various continents and cultures, with common histories and struggles for life, our emancipation and that of our peoples, coupled with the ethical and political imperative of protecting the right to food, defending peasant agriculture, biodiversity, our natural resources and the struggling to end violence in every form, sharpened before this capitalist and patriarchal economical system.
“Via Campesina is a movement that recognizes the full equality and value of both men and women”
- Published on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 14:09
News from La Via Campesina
(Jakarta, 4th of June 2013) Within the setting of the VI Conference of La Via Campesina which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, women farmers from Asia, Europe, America and Africa will hold the IV International Women's Assembly on 6 and 7 June, using the slogan Sowing the seeds of action and hope, for feminism and food sovereignty!
Since its birth, Via Campesina has sought to encourage women's participation in all levels of action, requests for power, and representation, as a way of recognising the importance of women in the process of the movement's political construction, and as a way of eradicating all types of gender discrimination.
- Published on Thursday, 28 March 2013 05:20
(Malaysia February 23-26). A women’s training on stop violence against women was organized in Serian, Srawak Malaysia from February 23 to February 26. The training was organized with participation of 30-40 women including the indigenous people of ‘Dayak’; A women expert was invited to explain the women situation in Malaysia and how we can handle the cases of violence and implement the campaign of La Via Campesina in Malaysia.
After the training a visit was organized to a ‘long house’ traditional house of Dayak people. The tour allowed also to discover Dayak people vegetables gardens in the mountain and Sarawak popular grow of black and white pepper done by women.
- Published on Thursday, 14 March 2013 17:34
International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th around the world, is a day to commemorate the struggle and honor the memory of working women of the country and the city, feminists, and women who struggle against capitalism. We are daughters, mothers, relatives, friends, and acquaintances of women who have given their lives to the struggle for our rights, justice, and an end to discrimination.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:00
On the 8th, 9th and 10th of March, in Lampai (Teo, Galicia) the meeting of women’s working group of the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) took place. In addition to the Galician hosts and their fellow countrywomen from the Spanish State, women from countries such as Austria, Italy, Norway and Poland also attended. A representative of Via Campesina of Latin America, the Brazilian Camila Bonassa, from the Movimento d@s Sem Terra (MST) also took part.