Guatemala : Women commit to agro-ecology

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(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.

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Women of Via Campesina International Manifesto

IV Women's Assembly - Jakarta, June 2013

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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”

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Indonesia : Women Farmers of the World head to their IV International Assembly

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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.

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Malaysia, Women training to stop violence againts women

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(Malaysia February 23-26). A women’s training on stop violence against women was organized in Serian, Srawak Malaysia from February 23 to February 26. The training was organized with participation of 30-40 women including the indigenous people of ‘Dayak’; A women expert was invited to explain the women situation in Malaysia and how we can handle the cases of violence and implement the campaign of La Via Campesina in Malaysia.

After the training a visit was organized to a ‘long house’ traditional house of Dayak people. The tour allowed also to discover Dayak people vegetables gardens in the mountain and Sarawak popular grow of black and white pepper done by women.

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