Women

"No Women, No Family Farming!", insist peasant women in Asia

2017-03-15 Womens Meeting Asia Small.jpgWomen peasants in South East Asia and East Asia gathered in Sarawak, Malaysia from the 21-23 February 2017, to voice their opinions and provide inputs to the ongoing negotiations for a Universal Declaration for Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. The delegation comprised women peasants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, East Timor, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

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#March8 - UAWC extend its deepest greetings for all Palestinian women farmers

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(March 8, 2017)Today, The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) as all liberals and progressives people in the world, are celebrating the International Women's Day. On this occasion, UAWC would like to confirm its profound faith in the principle of emancipation of women, where UAWC believes that the liberation of any society can only be achieved by assuring women's liberation and their equal participation in all sectors, since women are half the society.

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United States-México border: Migrant farm workers and food producers' action on Women's Day | #March8

2017-03-08 Mexico Action.jpgAnnouncement from Border Agricultural Workers Project, members of the NA Region of La Vía Campesina.

150 local employees, mostly women lost their jobs without severance continue to demand justice.

El Paso, Texas: This Wednesday, March 8, on International Women's Day at 10am at the former Bruce Food Corporation employees are gathering at the location of the Teasdale Foods Co, (Formerly Bruce Foods) 8000 Ashley Rd. to stand against the inappropriate treatment and firing of the Bruce Foods employees. The majority of this group of discarded workers- after so many years of exploitation- are women, some of them heads of household who suddenly lost their income to support their families. The public and the media are invited to join us to report this gross injustice against food workers and their families.

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Women of the World, Mobilise this #March8

2017-02-27 Website Thumbnail EN.pngFor the women of La Via Campesina from all over the world, 8th of March is a day of struggle, resistance and denunciation of the capitalist system, transnational corporations (TNCs), patriarchy and masochism. These oppress, exploit and violate women. It's also a day of solidarity with women’s struggles. 

As peasant women, we are fully committed to the struggle for food sovereignty as a solution for systemic change. This includes our struggle for access to land, water, health and seeds. We use agroecology as a political practice which envisions a world built on the principles of justice and equity.  

In recent times, we have seen an increase in violence against women. Our struggles and resistances are being criminalised in a context of growing conservatisms, dismantling of public policies and violations of long-fought-for women’s rights.

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Statement of Solidarity with Palestine activist who was prevented from traveling

b_350_0_16777215_00_.._fr_images_stories_womenrally_Articulacin_Mujeres_LVC_21.02.17.jpg15 February 2015 - San Salvador: The International Women’s Articulation of La Via Campesina, gathered in San Salvador, El Salvador, with the participation of women representatives from the Americas, Europe, Africa and North Africa, hereby issues the following statement following the unfair decision of the Israeli forces to prevent comrade Meriam Ismael from leaving Palestine, thus depriving her of her natural and legal right to travel freely to San Salvador, El Salvador, in order to participate in the International meeting of La Via Campesina's Women’s Articulation: 

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"We want to come out stronger and have our rights respected"

Speaking with Inmaculada Ibáñez Vargas from Vía Campesina Europe, just months before the International Peasant Movement's Seventh Conference.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Articulacin_Mujeres_LVC_21.02.17.jpg(21 February 2017)  As part of the preparatory process for Vía Campesina's International Conference, which will take place in July in the Basque Country, the women's articulation group from Vía Campesina held a meeting at the organisation ANTA in El Salvador. 

Andalusian Inmaculada Ibáñez, member of the women's articulation group and leader of the women's faction of the Coordinadora Agricultores Ganaderos (a major farmer organisation in Spain), spoke with Radio Mundo Real about the main topics that will be covered by the event. These will be angled from a peasant and popular feminism perspective.

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Women pastoralists: neglected in the 21st century

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In her last regular column for Farming Matters, Elizabeth Mpofu makes a plea for governments to listen to pastoralists, particularly the women among them.

As a way of life that goes back thousand years, pastoralism has played a very important role in shaping societal relations and defining our diets, culture and religion. While always in motion, over the last 50 years pastoralism has evolved more rapidly, as ‘modern’ agriculture gained popularity as a way to meet industry’s insatiable demands for raw materials.

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