La Via Campesina: Day of Action Against Violence Towards Women

La Via Campesina  Press Release

postalEN.jpgOn this International Day of Action Against Violence Towards Women, La Via Campesina is again denouncing the structural violence that women have to confront each day and that has been systematically silenced, made to appear natural, and rendered invisible by patriarchal capitalist society.

In 2008, in its Vth Conference, La Via Campesina launched the Global Campaign to End Violence Towards Women, both as an urgent appeal for a social, cultural, and political change in peoples, in communities, and in organisations, and as a challenge to society as a whole to effect a cultural transformation in order to overcome the relations of inequality between men and women.

Violence and oppression against women existed in pre-capitalist societies, but it is since the onset of capitalism that violence in all its forms – political, economic, physical, and  pyschological – has intensified. Today, violence against women is found among all social classes, generations, and sexual orientations, affecting both  urban women and rural women.

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Mozambique: Women prevented from fetching firewood and other forest products in Nacala Corridor

ISAURA SUZETE*

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_anapaula.mulheres.jpgEvidence of the effects of land grabbing in the region, where ProSavana is being implemented, on the peasants particularly women is beginning to show. In Nampula province, women are being prevented from passing in the areas where the foreign companies operate. They cannot access the firewood or gather wild foods. This reality was reported during a discussion panel on “Structural challenges to development of peasant agriculture in Mozambique: peoples’ demands in regard to ProSavana”, at the Second Triangular Conference of the Peoples, held on 24 July 2014, in Maputo.

In this panel, many reports were made on the violation of the access rights to land of women in particular. In rural areas, women are the ones who work the land to provide for their families and fetch firewood to cook.

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March 8: Special Report on the International Women´s Day

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b_350_0_16777215_00___images_paraguayconamuriscaled.jpgMarch 8th is considered as a day of feminist struggle in the entire world. Thousands of women from all around the globe mobilize around this day to continue fighting for advances on equality and justice, and unfortunately in some cases to combat setbacks.

On this special Real World Radio edition, we gathered the voices of rural and urban activists from different parts of the world, who told us about their mobilizations and actions around this fundamental day of popular struggles, and about their main demands and local/regional banners in the context of these struggles. Leaders of Via Campesina and the World March of Women (WMW) from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia talked about the mobilizations around March 8 in their countries and regions.

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Palestine : UAWC celebrates International Women’s day in the Jordan Valley

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_WomendayUWACscaled.jpg(Ramallah, March 8, 2014) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees celebrated the international women’s day in the Jordan Valley in the presence of 150 women from all the Palestinian Governorates who support Palestinian resistance against the Israeli policies that try to forcibly transfer the Palestinians from their land.

Read more and see photos of that day here

 

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