Call for international day of protest against violence against women (November 25, 2012)

 

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 On November 25, 1960, during the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, three (3) women were brutally murdered, following a series of persecutions against the political activism of the “Mirabal sisters” in this country. That's how they were known: Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal, who fought against dictatorship, in a country where the role of women was one of submission and exclusion. This day (International Day to Combat Violence against Women), recognized even by the United Nations, every year recalls the brutal murder of the Mirabal sisters, but most of all, we are reminded that thousands of women in all corners of the world lived the same fate as these fighters.

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New publication: Stop the violence against women!

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Via Campesina International, by means of this booklet, hopes to encourage debate and reflection concerning a subject that unfortunately is part of the daily life of many women all around the world: the phenomenon violence against women, systematically silenced, naturalized and made invisible by capitalist patriarchic society.

This material gives continuity to the Global Campaign to End Violence against Women that was launched by Via Campesina in 2008. This booklet will guide discussions in our meetings and educational processes related to this theme. It also serves as the foundation for our daily actions and struggles to end violence against women.

Korean Women’s Peasant Association Wins 2012 Food Sovereignty Prize in New York City! Mrs. Jeomok Bak and Ms. Junkyoung Lee Visit Wisconsin on Midwest Tour Fri. Oct. 12th – Sat. Oct. 13th

October 8th, 2012 

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Contact:  Family Farm Defenders #608-260-0900

Family Farm Defenders is extremely proud to host the Wisconsin leg of a Midwest tour by Mrs. Jeomok Bak and Ms. Junkyoung Lee, representatives of the Korean Women’s Peasant Association (KWPA) and recipients of the 2012 Food Sovereignty Prize which is being awarded to them in New York City on Wed. Oct. 10th at 7 pm at the National Museum of the American Indian (One Bowling Green, lower Manhattan)

The Food Sovereignty Prize was first awarded in 2009 as an alternative to the World Food Prize founded by “the father of the Green Revolution,” the late Norman Borlaug. While the World Food Prize emphasizes increased production through technology, the Food Sovereignty Prize champions solutions coming from those most impacted by the injustices of the global food system. In honoring those who are taking back their food systems, the Food Sovereignty Prize affirms that nothing short of the true democratization of our food system will enable us to end hunger once and for all.

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Bolivia, Resolution from 1st International Conference on Agro-Ecology and Food Sovereignty

"Why food production has the face of a woman”

Chulumani, Tablas Monte, Cochabamba – Bolivia

Groups from Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, United States, Spain, and England convened on April 11th and 12th, 2012 in the community of Chulumani, in the district of Tablas Monte, Cochabamba, Bolivia, to participate in and reflect on the development of agro-ecology as a key tool for the food sovereignty of our communities. In doing so, we specifically addressed the role of women as central to the process of attaining an agricultural system without the need for agro-chemicals, and increasing our food sovereignty in balance with nature.

The structural crisis and devastating logic of the capitalist system threatens both nature and the survival humanity as a whole. On a global scale, this system has created endless social, political, economic, and cultural conflicts, along with climate change and the global food crisis that we are facing today

The need for the industrialized world to reduce its dependence on oil has created an interest in alternatives such as biofuels, which now pose a serious potential threat to our communities, as they begin producing for this new energy market instead of growing food for their own population.  Added to this is the financial insecurity of agricultural work, unfair rules imposed by transnational businesses, and false competition with first-world farmers who are heavily subsidized by their countries.

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