Chile : Women Farmers To Teach The Region Agroecology

 

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_panchascaled.jpg(January 27, 2014) An organisation that brings together some 10,000 peasant and indigenous women from Chile is launching an agroecology institute for women campesinos, or small farmers, in South America.

For years, the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women (ANAMURI) has been training thousands of people through La Vía Campesina, the international peasant movement, working on the basis of food sovereignty, which asserts the right of people to define their own food systems.

But today it is undertaking its most ambitious project.

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November 25th: End violence against women

La Via Campesina International Press Release

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_women_postal25_noviembrescaled.jpg(Harare, November 25, 2013) Throughout these 20 years as La Via Campesina, we have recognized the role of women in all aspects of life. In that sense, we have denounced capitalism and patriarchy as the main generators of all types of violence - physical, ethical, psychological, political and economic - which increase discrimination and violence against women, both young and old.

Rural women worldwide experience class violence inherited from an agrarian structure based on large estates: peasant’s lack of access to land and the means of production and the lack of conditions for remaining on the land due to the destructive power of agribusiness that today is the expression of Capital in the countryside. This economic model is not only responsible for land grabbing and pushing out farmers from their land, but it is also threatening the life of millions of women worldwide through exposing them to pesticides and other poisonous agrochemicals used in the industrial agriculture model.

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Guatemala : Women commit to agro-ecology

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(9/19/2013) Joined in the National Coordinated Widows of Guatemala (CONAVIGUA), the indigenous women who lost their husbands and family members during the 36 years of internal armed conflict that devastated Guatemala between 1960 and 1996 decided a few years ago to devote themselves to the protection of land and growing organic products.

“The plants, herbs and other crops such as corn and beans are important in the lives of women,” said María Isabel Soc, member of CONAVIGUA and of the Women’s Commission of the international organization La Vía Campesina. “We are corn and we cannot eat another type of food that is not ours.”

“Many years ago began the process of training and educating women from different regions of the country so that they can put in practice their knowledge within their relationship with Mother Earth, the importance of food sovereignty, taking advantage of the resources they have in their communities and having access to a healthy nutrition,” she added.

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Women of Via Campesina International Manifesto

IV Women's Assembly - Jakarta, June 2013

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We are peasant women of the world that in the course of these 20 years of Via Campesina have worked tenaciously to build a universal, broadly based democratic, politically and socially engaged movement in the defense of peasant agriculture, food sovereignty and the struggle for the land,  territories justice, equality and the dignity of  peasant women and men.

We are women  from  various continents and cultures, with common histories and struggles for life, our emancipation and that of our peoples, coupled with the ethical and political imperative  of protecting the right to food, defending  peasant agriculture,  biodiversity, our natural resources and the struggling to end violence in every form, sharpened before this capitalist and patriarchal economical system.

“Via Campesina is a movement that recognizes the full equality and value of both men and women”

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