- Published on Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:38
March 8th International Women’s Day, is the day upon which we honour the memory of the many women workers, both rural and urban, who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for their rights, for justice and to put an end to all discrimination and the social, economic and political inequities that have given sustenance to global capitalist development. It is also a day for celebration because of the important progress that has been achieved in women’s struggles for emancipation.
March 8th is a day of mobilisation and reaffirmation of the relentless commitment to not rest in the struggle to end the patriarchal capitalist system that is more oppressive to women, regardless of their place in society all over the world. . This hugely important struggle continues to drive reflections on the part of of both men and women in La Via Campesina on how best to progress with the urgent struggle to for social change toward the kind of system we want. We must design the type of society that we wish to build, with a new balance of power in social relationships between men and women and where men and women shall have equal opportunities, rights and duties.
- Published on Friday, 16 December 2011 16:11
On December 5th, 2011, in the suburb of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, Vietnam National Farmers’ Union (VNFU) hosted Asian Women Committee meeting. Woman delegate from India, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Korea, Thai, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Brazil (as an observer) participated in the meeting.
The main focus of the meeting was placed on the campaign for “the stop violence against women” and creating opportunity for exchanging the experience on the campaign among the 2 regions. This committee meeting was also for initiating our regions’ preparation for the 4th women assembly of La Via Campesina and 6th conference of La Via Campesina that will be held in 2013 in Indonesia, Asia.
The meeting started with the welcome remark of Yoon Guensoon, the International Coordinating Committee of Southeast Asia and East Asia Region. She stated that “it is important to grow the power of the women in each country for Asian development. New Asia can be achieved through women empowerment.”
- Published on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 22:30
March 8, 2011
In the International Women's Day, the men and women that are part of the international coordination of the Via Campesina's End of all Violence Toward Rural Women Campaign, send greetings and solidarity to all women that are becoming subjects of our own history. Our campaign is one of the commitments of all members of Via Campesina to build our Buen Vivir (Good Living). It is not just another task or another demand. It is a process of change of men and women in the way we look at each other, in the way we treat each other; it is the right to a life with dignity and relations with equity. This is the way we commemorate this day.
Rural women live the expressions of the capitalist and patriarchal violence maintaining us at the margins and in the most precarious conditions. We know that the hegemonic system brings many forms of exclusion and sexist practices that replicates in our daily lives in our personal relations and in our political relations, when our knowledge, our work, and our economic contribution is devaluated or negated. The patriarchal capitalist model nullify the possibility of recognition of women's work and the contributions from rural women such as the conservation and recreation of our ecosystems, our biodiversity, our health systems and the transmit ion of agricultural knowledge.
- Published on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 22:26
Brussels, March 8, 2011
On the occasion of the International Day of Women, the European Coordination Via Campesina reiterates its commitment to fight for equal rights for women at all levels. The sad reality is that, to this day, women continue to suffer from male violence and discrimination - whether in the economic, social or cultural fields.
The European Union - in its attempt to resolve the economic and financial crisis without harming the interest of the financial and speculation sector - urges governments to undertake political reforms that have severe implications for the rights of people and directly impact labour laws, pensions, health, education ... when they are not simply calling for the privatization of public services. Women are the one's bearing the brunt of most of these reforms and austerity measures, the situation being particularly difficult for women farmers and those working in rural areas.