- Published on Saturday, 14 March 2009 00:06
National Farmers Union
International Women’s Day on March 8 provides an opportunity to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Canadian farm women and rural women around the world.
National Farmers Union Women’s President Colleen Ross, who farms near Iroquois, Ontario, said rural women produce half the world’s food, and account for between 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries. She said the global food crisis could be overcome more quickly if food production and trading systems recognized the value of family farms, and especially the labour of women. “In Canada, women have been forced to rely on off-farm jobs to keep their family farms viable,” she said. “The chronic loss of farmers in this country and around the world is one symptom of a global food crisis.”
- Published on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 23:55
Anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, feminist, environmentalist and socialist alternatives are necessary
By the Assembly of Social Movements
We the social movements from all over the world came together on the occasion of the 8th World Social Forum in Belém, Amazonia, where the peoples have been resisting attempts to usurp Nature, their lands and their cultures. We are here in Latin America, where over the last decade the social movements and the indigenous movements have joined forces and radically question the capitalist system from their cosmovision. Over the last few years, in Latin America highly radical social struggles have resulted in the overthrow of neoliberal governments and the empowerment of governments that have carried out many positive reforms such as the nationalisation of core sectors of the economy and democratic constitutional reforms.
- Published on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 07:34
- Published on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 07:30
Asean Peoples' Forum
BANGKOK, Feb 20 – Southeast Asian activists at the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum today urged greater coordination amongst civil society groups in the region, saying that the global financial crisis and other challenges provided opportunities for common action.
At a plenary session, the activists broached a number of solutions to the problems, and pointed to greater regional dialogue as the way forward.
Solidarity is very important, especially for those affected by the food crisis, said Henry Saragih from La Via Campesina.