- Published on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 09:53
BREAKING THE SILENCE: NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
At the 2011 World Social Forum held in Dakar, we, the African peasant organisations members of la Vía Campesina, have decided to launch and communicate on behalf of our continent the campaign of our movement condemning violence against women, a campaign which was officially launched on an international scale at our fifth international conference in Maputo, in 2008.
In all societies, to varying extents, women and girls are victims of economic discrimination and physical, sexual and psychological violence, in both public and private spheres. Domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual harassment, genital mutilation, women being deprived of food, forced or early marriage, “honour” killings, femicide and rape as war weapons are all part of this horrific scenario. Furthermore, on the world scale, 70% of people who live in extreme poverty are women.
- Published on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:57
Invitation for media: Press Conference
Date: 9th of February
Place: Press Conference Room – Bibliothèque Universitaire Central (BU)
Time: 10h00 - 11h00
La Via Campesina, the International Movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers, invites journalists to attends its press conference at the World Social Forum.
In this press conference, the International Peasants Movement will focus in issues such as the Land grabbing phenomenon in Africa, the violence against peasant women, the promotion of local peasant seed and the struggle against GMO's.
- Published on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:53
In Dakar, several tens of thousands of people attended the opening march of the World Social Forum. The delegation of La Via Campesina was obviously there, like Evo Morales, President of Bolivia.
Photos: Philippe Revelli
Marche d'Ouverture du Forum Social Mondial
C’est parti ! A Dakar, plusieurs dizaines de milliers de personnes ont participé à la marche d’ouverture du Forum Social Mondial. La délégation de la Via Campesina était, évidement bien là, tout comme Evo Morales, président de la Bolivie.
Joint Statement of Korean lawmakers, labor unions, farmers and civil society groups on the proposed Korea - U.S. FTA
- Published on Monday, 31 January 2011 12:27
January 27, 2011
We, the Korean National Assembly members' Caucus Against the Korea-US FTA and the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-US FTA, a coalition of over 300 labor unions and civil society groups, have organized a delegation to Washington, D.C. this week, January 24-28, 2011. We have come here to tell American policymakers and civil society that many Korean people oppose the proposed Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KorUS FTA). During our visit, we were shocked to hear that many U.S. politicians believe that the KorUS FTA is a gift to the Korean people and will be beneficial to the relationship between both countries. In reality, many Korean people consider that the KorUS FTA will be detrimental to the lives of the Korean people, is biased in favor of the narrow interests of multinational corporations and contains numerous damaging provisions that would destroy our jobs in both countries and undermine our rights as citizens, the environment and health, and the practice and principles of democratic governance.