As part of the celebrations of Women’s month and to propagate the voices of peasant women in Southern and Eastern Africa, the National Union of Peasants (UNAC), member of La Via Campesina (LVC) in Mozambique, will launch, this Friday, March 17, 2023, at 10am, in Maputo, the publication “Peasant Women are Women: Understanding violence against rural women in Southern and Eastern Africa”.
The study draws attention to the systemic violence and discrimination that peasant women suffer in the seven countries investigated, namely: Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The results of the research are available in print and online, in Portuguese, English, French and Swahili. This is part of LVC’s peasant feminism initiative in the region, as well as in their campaign to end violence against women.
“We have seen the world assume that violence against women is generic, but there are other types of violence specific to us, peasant women. The intersectionality of being peasant and women makes us more vulnerable to the denial of our right to land, access to market and means of production, decent income, among others,” summarizes Beatrice Kadzigazi, from ESAFF Uganda Organization, a member of Via Campesina.
The launch event will take place at 10am, in the Amphitheatre 15-02, at the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), and will be attended by peasant women members of LVC on the African continent, as well as members of Civil Society Organizations, development partners, academics, teachers, students and other interested people.
UNAC (União Nacional de Camponeses – National Peasant Union) is a farmers’ movement from the family sector in Mozambique, which fights for the active participation of these groups in the process of defining, implementing and monitoring public policies, and is a member of La Via Campesina (LVC), a peasant movement with international scope.
For further information, please contact Mrs. Benilde Manjaze (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, mob.: +258 84 577 5009, +258 86 015 1692) or Mrs. Paola Prandini (email: email@example.com, mob.: +258 87 146 3924).
Peasant women are women, no more violence! Peasants united, we will always win! Let’s globalize the Struggle, let’s globalize Hope! Stop Violence Against Women!