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UAWC Celebrates International Women's Day

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-UAWC_Women_day_celebration.jpeg(Palestine, March 8, 2015) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees celebrated the International Women's Day with the Palestinian women through organizing a photo gallery and workshop titled "Women Give without Boundaries."

In his speech the Chairperson of UAWC's board of directors Ali Hasouneh emphasized on the achievements of women cooperatives and their important role in strengthening the Palestinian products. Hasouneh added that the photo gallery reflects the successes of Palestinian women especially in area "c" where the occupation aims at their displacement but they refuse and resist.

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Nouminren Women Association: Japan should not go to war; clarify Japanese Constitution

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-03-08_Japan_Women.jpg(Japan, March 8, 2015) NOUMINREN women association, Japan, on International Women’s Day, organized various events around the country and in Tokyo a large central rally where the Nouminren Women Association is a part of organizers.

This year’s main theme of the central meeting is “Never allow Japan to become a country going to war and shed light on the Japanese Constitution.” It also focus on the issues of nuclear weapons, military bases and nuclear power. It emphasizes GENDER EQUALITY. In the meeting, a female economist will talk about an economics for happiness, an economics completely against Abenomics neoliberal agendas.

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Women Peasants fight for food sovereignty, against violence and agribusiness

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_EVC_2015_Women_International.jpgECVC Press Release: March 8th - International Women’s Day

Women Peasants fight for food sovereignty, against violence and agribusiness

This 8th of March, International Women’s Day, we, the women of the European Coordination Via Campesina, the historical creators of life, guardians of traditional seeds, caretakers of food and landscape diversity, vessels for passing on knowledge, raise our voices to say:

  • NO to patriarchy.
  • NO to neoliberal policies.
  • NO to agribusiness, responsible for exiling thousands of male and female peasants from our lands, to the industrialization of agriculture and climate change.
  • NO to the so-called free trade agreements such as CETA or TTIP, with completely obscure and antidemocratic procedures, whose only goal is to obtain the maximum amount of profits for multinational corporations at the expense of citizens’ rights (right to food, health, social equity, labor rights, public policies, a natural environment…).
  • NO to land-grabbing and taking over natural resources, no in Europe or anywhere else in the world.
  • NO to working condition precariousness.
  • NO to violence and oppression.

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International Women’s Day: Via Campesina South Asia calls for gender justice

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-sevagram_march_8.JPGLVC South Asia (March 8, 2015)

On the International Women’s Day, La Via Campesina South Asia issues a call for gender justice:

Women of the World, Unite! Farmer, adivasi, pastoralist, and landless women – defend your rights! Without organized women, there can be no agroecology, no agrarian reform, no food sovereignty! We struggle against violence and agribusiness!

For the full international call, please click here.

Rural women of the world, unite!

Though word “farmer” is gender neutral, when people think of farmers, they automatically picture men. This is so internalized that we have to specify “women farmers” to address the significant half of ‘the farming world’. The blindness to women in agriculture goes beyond language; the visible-invisible contribution of women in the agriculture sector and rural society is completely neglected. Members of LVC South Asia take this day as an opportunity to share the realities of rural women in each of our areas – farmers facing sexual violence in North India, religious fundamentalism in Bangladesh, and militarism in Sri Lanka.

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Women’s Struggle: for Food Sovereignty; against violence and agribusiness

Afiche 8 de Marzo LVC 2015 EN - Web.jpg(Harare, March 8th, 2015) Today, March 8th, International Women’s Day, the Via Campesina calls for the coordination of actions to highlight the fundamental role played by women in guaranteeing Food Sovereignty – not only as a means of confronting the food crisis but as an essential ethical principle that has as its basis social justice and equality. On this day of struggle, we denounce the prevailing violence, against women specifically, because the agribusiness model and capitalist interests in the countryside have exacerbated social and gender inequalities.

It is in this way that we struggle against patriarchy, which affects all aspects of our lives within our families, our organisations and communities and all that has to do with our gender and our sexuality. We also express our condemnation of feminicide, the murder of millions of girl children and women in all parts of the world, and we stand in solidarity with all the people who suffer discrimination and violence because of their gender and/or sexual identity.

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There is no Agroecology without Women

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Nyeleni_agroecolgy_38.jpgMali, Sélingue, February 25, 2015 – Although men still have the most privileges with regard to access to land, credits and other agricultural inputs, one cannot speak of agroecology without women. Women play an important role in the food production all over the world, thus there is no people´s Agroecology without a central and leadership role for women.

This was the reason why in the afternoon of the first day of the International Forum on Agroecology taking place in Sélingue, Mali (24-27 March), more than 60 women from Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe decided to convene a parallel “women space” to have a common understanding on the significance of their work as peasants, fisherfolks or pastoralists. Nandini Jairam, a peasant farmer from Karnataka, India said “it is thus essential that women discuss and exchange their experiences and challenges among themselves in order to have a clear understanding of the value of their valuable work”.

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“Be Proud to Become a Farmwoman!” say Elizabeth Mpofu

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-Germany-farm-visit.JPG(Germany,Teisendorf, January 21, 2014)(al) It is certainly not an everyday occurrence, that a woman from Zimbabwe, who runs a small farm in that country, congratulates a young woman from Bavaria for her decision to also run a small farm and tells her to be proud of that decision.  Elizabeth Mpofu is, however, not an everyday woman, but the general secretary of the worldwide peasant organization “Via Campesina”, an association of more than 160 independent peasant organizations in 63 countries.  Mpofu has experienced on her own body and in her own mind, what it means to want to be a small-farmer.  She and her husband work on their plot of about ten hectares in the South-East-African Country.  The difficulties, that she has had and still has to overcome, not only in an economic way, in the pursuance of her profession as a farmer, are at least as great, as those facing a young farm-woman in Bavaria.

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