This March 8, 2022 – International Day of Working Women, we salute the historic struggles of women organized in fields and cities, for rights and a dignified life; which nourish the peoples, the collective memory and the resistances of the whole world.
In a scenario of brutal violence and capitalist, patriarchal and racist exploitation that oppresses women, peasants, the landless, migrants, seasonal workers, children, indigenous people, blacks and diversities, we call for unity of action, making visible and denouncing this political and economic system that uses the exploitation of women’s labor, their bodies and natural resources to generate more profit; causing unemployment, hunger, begging, increasingly precarious housing, and where health and education have become a privilege.
The serious political, economic and social crisis that we are going through as a society intensifies the contradictions of the capitalist system, and threatens the real conditions of life and survival, not only of women and diversities, but of all humanity and planet.
On this day we also claim the permanent mobilizations and resistance of women in all territories, particularly in Palestine, Brazil, Morocco, Kurdistan, Mexico, Colombia, India and Argentina, defenders of rights, who make face daily all kinds of violence, criminalization and persecution. , which threatens his own life.
“We unite with one voice to say: “Enough of the complicit political, economic and judicial system! As we continue to sow food sovereignty and solidarity in contexts of war, conservatism and racism, we continue to give tons of healthy food, blood donation, with the community pots in the neighborhoods and communities, with popular schools, with symbolic actions in the squares, in the Local Agroecological Fairs, in the Peasant Cooperative, concrete actions that inspire us to move towards other forms of more united and fairer society», stresses María Canil of the National Coordinator of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA).
For La Vía Campesina, it is shameful that if this crisis worsens for the majority, the difference between rich and poor increases further during the pandemic, according to the Oxfam report, economic power is increasingly concentrated in a few hands , while neoliberal and emergency packages are applied to populations that have serious setbacks in the social sphere.
In 2021, agribusiness broke records for profits in the production and marketing of agricultural products for export, despite promoting a model of death and nothing sustainable, based on monoculture, the intensive use of agrochemicals, transgenics and the expulsion of peasants, which pollutes and does not pollute. bring development to the territories, which on the contrary generates hunger, misery and disease.
That is why this March 8, and throughout 2022, as La Vía Campesina, we commemorate 30 years of construction of this political tool and collective construction of the peasantry, therefore with more force than ever we will continue to defend Popular Agrarian Reform, Food Sovereignty, Agroecology and Peasant and Popular Feminism as concrete proposals for dialogue and construction to generate a set of public policies capable of promoting real development, based on concrete actions such as the distribution of land and profits, and to promote social justice and peace in the countryside and in the cities.
“With this crisis, we peasant women have suffered many setbacks in rights, hunger, unemployment, we go back thirty or forty years ago, even in Europe. This is why it is very important to reorganize and strengthen ourselves as an articulation of LVC to connect with the concrete life of women. We peasant women experience violence, land grabbing and the issue of care continues to be a concern in the post-pandemic period” commented Sonia Vidal of the Galician Union Labriego and member of the Women’s Articulation of LVC.
According to the recent report conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 1 in 4 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence from their male partner. This is the largest WHO-led study to date, and highlights that the true prevalence is likely to be higher, even more after the COVID pandemic, and also calls for public policy and the investment of resources: “It’s a global challenge”.
Likewise, the report published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) indicates that at least 4,091 women were victims of femicide in 26 countries of the region in 2020.Murder is the maximum expression of gender-based violence, which continues to be present in the lives of millions of women of all ages” they assert.
“In the world, the majority of peasant women do not live safe from violence, they rape us, kill us, attack us and expel us from our lands. We also cannot exercise our legitimate rights; As the right to land, we are forced to do hard, unpaid work, even sometimes as heads of households, we have to raise our children alone, and many times to survive, we have to migrate in caravans to the North”, concludes Yolanda Areas of the women’s articulation of the Cloc – Via Campesina Central America.
Finally, to keep the memory alive and with #StopKilling it, we denounce the inefficiency of the judicial system in the Marielle Franco case in Brazil, the murder of our companion Elizabeth in Kenya or Sarai, the young Venezuelan girl horribly murdered in Colombia, these cases, because thousands of cases cannot go unpunished and forgotten.
On this day of action, we call on our member organizations, allies and friends to demand an end to all types of violence and oppression, states must go beyond supporting survivors, they must develop public policies with gender justice and invest in prevention, education and communication programs that build healthier and fairer societies and gender relations.
By sowing food sovereignty and solidarity, we reap rights and a dignified life!
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