The 8th International Conference of La Via Campesina was officially inaugurated in Bogota with the slogan “Faced with global crises, we build food sovereignty to ensure a future for humanity”. The Conference is the first to be held by the movement after the pandemic, to discuss issues that affect peasants around the world.
Within the framework of the 8th conference of La Via Campesina, the international peasant movement discussed how to fight against patriarchy to change the relations of inequality in the countryside that exist between men, women and diversities, as a form of struggle against capitalism that promotes these injustices.
In the run-up to the LVC 8th International Conference, to be held in December, Bogotá, the Forum on Communication for the Integration of Our America spoke with two members of the International Coordination of the Articulation, Nury Martínez Silva and Micherline Islanda Aduel.
In order to combat the patriarchal and discriminatory structures that maintain the dominant economic model in the countryside, peasant organisations from different parts of the world held a meeting on diversity in Bogota, the capital of Colombia, on Saturday (2 December).
La Via Campesina in its 8th International Conference in Bogotá, , has introduced a new “Men Against Patriarchy” space to foster collective contemplation among men within the movement to promote inclusivity, equal participation, and safety for all in the movement with a focus on women and diversities.
About 150 youth delegates from several regions of La Via Campesina convened in Bogotá, Colombia, on December 1, for their 5th Assembly, marking a significant milestone in a process that began in 2004, in São Paulo, Brazil. They engaged in thoughtful reflection, articulated positions, and proposed solutions to overcome challenges.
From December 1 to 8, La Via Campesina is holding its 8th Conference in a scenario of multiple crises confronting the world today; La Via Campesina is also commemorating 30 years of organization, and its proposals for Food Sovereignty and Peasant Agroecology are more valid than ever in a world plagued by hunger, conflicts and environmental crisis.
As delegates converge in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, to partake in the 8th International Conference of La Via Campesina, leaders of the international peasant movement who have already arrived in the city participated in the Bogotá march, commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. Summoned by Colombian labor movements, the march was attended by nearly two thousand people.
Gaza faces an imminent risk of starvation under a complete blockade imposed by the Israeli army. The silence of the CFS Plenary on the situation is shameful. Measures taken so far are not only modest but insufficient to move towards effective and operational proposals to address the food situation.
Union of Agricultural Work Committees is spearheading an international campaign to provide aid to Gaza and the West Bank. The aid will support thousands of affected Palestinian families by providing food, water, and life essentials to bolster their resilience against the crimes of the Israeli occupation seeking to displace them.