- Published on Monday, 25 November 2013 17:20
La Via Campesina International Press Release
(Harare, November 25, 2013) Throughout these 20 years as La Via Campesina, we have recognized the role of women in all aspects of life. In that sense, we have denounced capitalism and patriarchy as the main generators of all types of violence - physical, ethical, psychological, political and economic - which increase discrimination and violence against women, both young and old.
Rural women worldwide experience class violence inherited from an agrarian structure based on large estates: peasant’s lack of access to land and the means of production and the lack of conditions for remaining on the land due to the destructive power of agribusiness that today is the expression of Capital in the countryside. This economic model is not only responsible for land grabbing and pushing out farmers from their land, but it is also threatening the life of millions of women worldwide through exposing them to pesticides and other poisonous agrochemicals used in the industrial agriculture model.
- Published on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 06:27
(9/19/2013) Joined in the National Coordinated Widows of Guatemala (CONAVIGUA), the indigenous women who lost their husbands and family members during the 36 years of internal armed conflict that devastated Guatemala between 1960 and 1996 decided a few years ago to devote themselves to the protection of land and growing organic products.
“The plants, herbs and other crops such as corn and beans are important in the lives of women,” said María Isabel Soc, member of CONAVIGUA and of the Women’s Commission of the international organization La Vía Campesina. “We are corn and we cannot eat another type of food that is not ours.”
“Many years ago began the process of training and educating women from different regions of the country so that they can put in practice their knowledge within their relationship with Mother Earth, the importance of food sovereignty, taking advantage of the resources they have in their communities and having access to a healthy nutrition,” she added.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 19:28
IV Women's Assembly - Jakarta, June 2013
We are peasant women of the world that in the course of these 20 years of Via Campesina have worked tenaciously to build a universal, broadly based democratic, politically and socially engaged movement in the defense of peasant agriculture, food sovereignty and the struggle for the land, territories justice, equality and the dignity of peasant women and men.
We are women from various continents and cultures, with common histories and struggles for life, our emancipation and that of our peoples, coupled with the ethical and political imperative of protecting the right to food, defending peasant agriculture, biodiversity, our natural resources and the struggling to end violence in every form, sharpened before this capitalist and patriarchal economical system.
“Via Campesina is a movement that recognizes the full equality and value of both men and women”
- Published on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 14:09
News from La Via Campesina
(Jakarta, 4th of June 2013) Within the setting of the VI Conference of La Via Campesina which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, women farmers from Asia, Europe, America and Africa will hold the IV International Women's Assembly on 6 and 7 June, using the slogan Sowing the seeds of action and hope, for feminism and food sovereignty!
Since its birth, Via Campesina has sought to encourage women's participation in all levels of action, requests for power, and representation, as a way of recognising the importance of women in the process of the movement's political construction, and as a way of eradicating all types of gender discrimination.