- Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2007 02:06
In the aftermath of the Heiligendamm summit, it appears clearly that the G8 has lost all credibility and legitimacy. As it now happens for most high level world meetings, the G8 summit that took place in Heiligendamm, Germany, from June 6 to 8 had to hide behind barbed fences and in a civil war atmosphere to protect the richest nation’s heads of state from people’s protests. This does not only emphasize the illegitimacy of the G8 leaders who decide the fate of the rest of the world. It also shows the growing and massive opposition towards their neo-colonial and neo-liberal policies within their own populations and beyond.
- Published on Thursday, 07 June 2007 23:02
My name is Ingeborg Tangeraas and I am representing the small peasants union in Norway and Via Campesina international coordinating committee as a representative from Europe. Via Campesina is an international movement with millions of peasants, landless and agricultural workers – we are men, women and youth from 132 organisations in 56 countries all over the world.
How was your day? Did you all get breakfast after your sleep, did you get lunch to give you strength after your activities and will you most likely have dinner together with some friends after this event? I think you agree with me; agriculture is not only about farmers, but about food for all of us. But 854 millon people do not share this luck with us to day, but have to go to bed hungry. And 2/3 of this people are farmers and food producers.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 May 2007 19:52
Via Campesina Call, 11 May, 2007The heads of state and government of the world’s eight wealthiest and most powerful countries will meet from June 6-8 in Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea in Northeastern Germany. These eight governments decide and implement neo-liberal policies that increase the number of hungry people in the world, that bring war in most of the regions, that deepen the environmental crisis and that create social unrest worldwide. Small-scale farmers, peasant and landless workers worldwide are among the first victims of these policies.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 May 2007 17:54
During this meeting, our basic objective was to place value on the meaning of equality, from a feminist perspective of women working in agriculture, and we want to demand and promote publicly at a global level that equality should become a reality.
Participating in this activity were women from all over the world affiliated with Via Campesina and feminists presenting basic feminist thinking. The first days were dedicated to feminist training as a way to approach the issue based on the concrete realities, to assess the advance of feminism for the fight for real equality. The last days were dedicated to debating the circles of cooperation to advance women’s rights.