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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La Via Campesina and the International Women’s Day

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.

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New Asia can be achieved through women empowerment. "We will do it!”

2011-12-16-women.jpg 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.”

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