Women

Japanese Government should Issues an Official Apology to the Victims of Military Sex Slavery.

Declaration of La Via Campesina South East and East Asia on International Women’s Day

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_Womens_Day_Japanscaled.JPG(Tokyo, March 8th 2014) During the Asia-Pacific War, which took place from the early 1930s to the end of World War II, the Japanese forcefully mobilized women to the battlefield for sex slavery purposes from many Asia-Pacific countries such as China, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Guam, and so on, and thus violated their human rights.

After the war, these women were either slaughtered or abandoned in the battlefield and left to die. Even if they did manage to make it home, they have not been provided with reparations because the Japanese government has concealed and distorted its own war crimes. The survivors from these battlefields were forced to live silently and endure their suffering for more than 60 years.

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International Women's Day : We struggle against capitalism, patriarchy and for our rights!

 Press release of La Via Campesina for the 8TH March 2014

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_photo8scaled.jpg(Harare, March 7, 2014) Tomorrow, the 8th of March, International Women's Day, La Via Campesina reaffirms its anti-capitalistic and anti-patriarchal stance. We express our firm decision to fight and to take the streets and protest for a new vision of the world, based on the principles of respect, equality, justice, solidarity, peace and freedom. We are committed to continuing the struggle together with the working women of the rural and urban areas.

The first celebration of International Working Women’s Day (now International Women’s Day) took place on the 19th March 1911 in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland, with rallies in which women demanded the right to vote, the right to hold public office, the right to work and an end to gender discrimination.

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Declaration of the Women peasants of the European Coordination Via Campesina on the 8 of March 2014

(Evenstad, March 6, 2014) In this year 2014 – declared the year of family farming by the UN – the women of the member organizations of the European Coordination Via Campesina are gathered in Evenstad (Norway) in the International Women's Day. We want to demonstrate our firm commitment to the right to healthy, adequate and good quality food for all citizens, within the framework of an agro-ecological and social mode of production and distribution.

We want the right of farmers to the equal participation within this mode, the legal recognition as producers of food, the access to land, seeds and other resources guaranteed.

Thousands of women farmers across Europe and worldwide work on projects of small scale farming, that are the basis of rich and diverse food systems, we are historical guardians of knowledge and biodiversity, and we ensure the conservation of land and a living countryside.

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Chile : Women Farmers To Teach The Region Agroecology

 

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_panchascaled.jpg(January 27, 2014) An organisation that brings together some 10,000 peasant and indigenous women from Chile is launching an agroecology institute for women campesinos, or small farmers, in South America.

For years, the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women (ANAMURI) has been training thousands of people through La Vía Campesina, the international peasant movement, working on the basis of food sovereignty, which asserts the right of people to define their own food systems.

But today it is undertaking its most ambitious project.

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November 25th: End violence against women

La Via Campesina International Press Release

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_postal25_noviembrescaled.jpg(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.

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Guatemala : Women commit to agro-ecology

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(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.

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Women of Via Campesina International Manifesto

IV Women's Assembly - Jakarta, June 2013

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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”

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