Canada : Women's contribution to farming

National Farmers Union

International Women’s Day on March 8 provides an opportunity to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Canadian farm women and rural women around the world.

National Farmers Union Women’s President Colleen Ross, who farms near Iroquois, Ontario, said rural women produce half the world’s food, and account for between 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries. She said the global food crisis could be overcome more quickly if food production and trading systems recognized the value of family farms, and especially the labour of women. “In Canada, women have been forced to rely on off-farm jobs to keep their family farms viable,” she said. “The chronic loss of farmers in this country and around the world is one symptom of a global food crisis.”

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Declaration of the Women's International Committee of Via Campesina

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, 2009

We, women farmers from the five continents gathered in Seoul, South Korea, in the framework of Via Campesina’s Women’s International Committee meeting, declare:

On the 8th of March, the International Women's Day, we reaffirm our willingness to take actions to change the capitalist and patriarchal world that gives priority to the market’s interests instead of the rights of people.

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Via Campesina Campaign to end violence against women

For Agrarian Reform and Food Sovereignty : No more violence against women!

Presentation document for the Vth conference of Via Campesina, Mozambique, Oct 2008

Call to join the Campaign
We, the women and men of La Via Campesina stand together to denounce violence in all its forms against all people, especially women.
Statistics on the injury and death of women in all countries unequivocally prove to us that women are more vulnerable to violence, not only from institutions and the state, but from men in their

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Feminisms, challenges and changes in Latinamerica

Feminism is plural, it has never responded to some single political line; it grew out of different situations, with matrices inherent to each context. It has multiple political points of reference that converge on one common point: the struggle against patriarchy, which is not only political or cultural, but rather a social system based on maintaining power relationships, founded on a complex of economic, political and social relations.

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