Célia em Movimento

an E-CHANGER volunteer for 7 years, celia worked until june 2007 for the 'gender sector' of the MST/BA - the rural landless workers movement in the northeastern brazilian state of bahia. from then until june 2010 she worked at the international secretariat of the world march of women in são paulo. although she is no longer a volunteer, she still works in brazil with the WMW and E-CHANGER and will therefore continue to share her professional and personal experiences... enjoy!

25 October 2010

the closing event of the WMW's 3rd international action ends with 20,000 women marching in the streets of bukavu, RD Congo, on the 17th october 2010.

see CNN's video / article "congolese rape victims march against sexual violence" for more information (and a short interview with me!): http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/10/17/congo.rapes.march/?amp%3Bhpt=C1

27 September 2010

Over 1000 women registered for the Closing Event of the World March of Women's 3rd International Action: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, 13th - 17th October 2010

More information: www.wmw2010.info


The Hidden Crisis of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Making headlines today, even live up to the minute coverage on The Guardian online, is the crisis of the Commonwealth Games meant to be starting in less than two weeks in Delhi. Due to major problems with the infrastructure for the games, whether Delhi is ready is being seriously questioned.

But there is a hidden crisis not even mentioned in the reports, the crisis of the residents of Delhi. In the run up to the games to make Delhi “a world class city”, hundreds of thousands of people living have been displaced and evicted from their homes, the urban poor including beggars, rubbish pickers, rickshaw drivers have been rounded up and hidden from the eyes of the world and workers on the sites to be used in the games have faced massive exploitation. On top of this, huge amounts of public money meant to be spent on social services has been shifted to the games, All of this was revealed in a damning report by Miloon Kothari, the director of the Housing and Migrants Network, and former UN Special Rapporteur on Housing.

In the focus on the external, today’s news declares that the athletes’ accommodation is “unfit for human habitation”. Yet no mention is made of the fact that one in four people in Delhi live in ‘slums’ meaning that they are squeezed into shacks, made of makeshift materials without any water, toilets or electricity. Conditions that really are unfit for human habitation. As Kothari’s report highlights, in a country where one in three people live in poverty, it does seem paradoxical to spend so much money on a one off event. This paradox needs to be questioned.

But Delhi and the Commonwealth Games are not isolated instances. Similar crises of forced removals happened in the lead up to the Olympics in Beijing and the World Cup in South Africa. Similar questions were raised by the people on why vast amounts were being spent on one off events when a significant proportion of the population live in abject poverty. Similar crises were hidden whilst the games went on.


20 August 2010

Equal pay for women not likely till 2067, says research
Chartered Management Institute data shows that gender wage differential still wide - 40 years after equal pay laws

Katie Allen
Thursday August 19 2010

Working women who thought they might live to see Britain's pay gap finally close will have to hold out another 57 years, according to research published today.

Forty years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, the study shows that the gender pay gap remains stubborn and that male and female managers will not be paid the same until 2067.

Women have also been harder hit by the recession, with more female workers than men being made redundant in the past 12 months, the research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) shows.

The findings will intensify calls from campaigners for the new government to do more to ensure equal pay in the UK, which has one of the biggest gender salary gaps in Europe.

"Girls born this year will face the probability of working for around 40 years in the shadow of unequal pay," said CMI's head of policy, Petra Wilton.

"The prospect of continued decades of pay inequality cannot be allowed to become reality. We want to see the government take greater steps to enforce pay equality by monitoring organisations more closely and naming and shaming those who fail to pay male and female staff fairly."

The group's survey shows that women's salaries increased by 2.8% over the past 12 months, compared with 2.3% for men. But with the average UK salary for a male manager currently £10,031 more than that of a female manager, women face a 57-year wait before their take-home pay is equal to that of their male colleagues, says the report, compiled with researchers XpertHR. Its findings, from more than 43,000 employees in 197 organisations, showed male pay still outstrips female pay by as much as 24% at senior level.

At junior level the gap also persists, with male junior executives receiving ?1,065 more than female executives.

Despite four decades of equal pay legislation, Britain has one of the worst gender gaps in Europe [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/05/europe-gender-pay-gap]. Women in the UK are paid 79% of male rates, while across the 27 countries of the European Union the figure is 82%, according to a report earlier this year from Eurobarometer.

Gender equality groups such as the Fawcett Society [http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp] blame the UK's poor record on a culture of secrecy around pay. They point to examples such as Sweden, where more transparency has resulted in falling pay gaps. They want the coalition government to set a deadline for closing the gap, make laws more transparent, and force companies to audit their workforces for unfair gaps more regularly.

For women unhappy to sit out the 57-year wait, the CMI report highlighted some of the better-performing sectors and regions of the UK, as well as the worst.

Women in the Midlands fare the worst, taking home £10,434 less than men, while those in the north-east fare the best, where the gap is smallest at £8,955.

Different sectors also varied greatly and women hoping for equal pay were advised to think twice about jobs in IT or the pharmaceutical industry, where the gaps were the largest, at £17,736 and £14,018 respectively.

The report suggests that stark differences in pay are seeing some women leave the workplace. It notes a dramatic increase in resignations, particularly at director level, where 7.7% of female directors voluntarily left their posts in the last year, compared with just 3.6% of men.

Women were also more likely to be made redundant. Over the year, 4.5% of the female workforce lost their jobs compared with 3% of men.

CMI has launched an "ambitious women toolkit" [http://www.managers.org.uk/glassceiling] with practical advice on asking for pay rises, how to challenge unequal pay, and tips on returning to work from maternity leave.


05 August 2010

organised and mobilised women around the world: updates, photos, statements and videos of the world march of women's 3rd international action

02 August 2010

a woman is killed, raped, beaten or verbally abused every second around the world... and the stories that find their way into the media (like that of bruno, the famous brazilian goal-keeper who probably planned the murder of his ex-lover, see below) are just the tip of the iceberg. in the patriarchal system, where men continue to be valued over women, violence or the threat of violence is the most effective way to keep women where they are considered to belong 'naturally': in the home, with the kids, in low paid jobs, caring for others, as sexual objects. and when women do suffer from violence, instead of punishing the men, it is the women who we blame: for wearing a skirt that is 'too short', for being a lesbian, for daring to leave the house, for being in the streets late at night, for the dinner not being prepared on time...

Brazilian footballer Bruno Fernandes accused of lover's murder
Goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes is held over claims he masterminded the kidnapping and execution of his former lover, Eliza Samudio

Friday 9 July 2010

One of Brazil’s best-known footballers was last night behind bars in a high-security Rio jail after allegations that he masterminded the abduction and execution of his former lover.
Police in Belo Horizonte, Brazil's third largest city, claimed that Bruno Fernandes, until recently captain and goalkeeper of Brazil's most popular club, Flamengo, plotted the killing of 25-year-old Eliza Samudio, who disappeared in June.

Edson Moreira, the homicide investigator in charge of the case, told reporters that while fans saw Fernandes as an "idol", the footballer was "a monster for what he did to this young lady". "Bruno was there and he saw how the woman was completely broken," he said. "According to witnesses he accompanied Eliza to her sacrifice and to her death."

Samudio, a former model and actor, reportedly met Fernandes last year at a party and became pregnant during their first encounter. Police believe the 25-year-old player was infuriated by her decision to keep the child, who is now four months old, and claim that Samudio was lured from Rio de Janeiro to Belo Horizonte, around six hours away by car, where she was killed by a former policeman named as Marcos Aparecido dos Santos.

Before her disappearance on 4 June Samudio had approached police to report receiving threats from the goalkeeper, who was recently linked with a multi-million dollar transfer to AC Milan. "You don't know me and you don't know what I am capable of – I'm from the favela," he allegedly told her, according to a statement given to authorities in Rio and reproduced in the Brazilian press.

While police have yet to find Samudio's body, investigators say they are certain she is dead, having been beaten, bound and then strangled in the former policeman's home. Police claim parts of her body were fed to a rottweiler.

According to Moreira, Fernandes was present when Santos strangled the former model. Santos's lawyer last night said his client denied taking part in the killing.

"Shortly before dying, she said: 'I can't take being beaten any more'," Moreira claimed, adding that her alleged killer had replied: "You're not going to be beaten any more, you are going to die."

As the scandal grew yesterday and TV news channels gave the case virtually uninterrupted coverage, candidates in the upcoming presidential election spoke out. "This is a barbaric crime," Dilma Rousseff, current president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's favoured successor, told the Record news channel. "The whole of Brazil is disgusted by such a barbaric and perverse crime."

Marina Silva, the rainforest defender who is also running for president in the October elections, told reporters the killing was part of a worrying trend of violence against women. "We have repeatedly seen this kind of episode against the lives of women," she said.
Recent months have seen increasing concern about the off-field actions of Brazil's high-earning footballers.

In May the Rio-born striker Adriano, who recently signed for Italian club AS Roma, was summoned for questioning after the Brazilian press uncovered photographs of him and a friend brandishing what appeared to be automatic rifles and making the sign for the Red Command drug faction with their hands.

Adriano denied the reports, claiming that one of the rifles was a Philippe Starck lampshade in the shape of a gold plated AK-47. But his exclusion from Brazil's World Cup squad was largely attributed to his troubled personal life and other reports about Adriano have claimed he has links to one of Rio's most notorious gangsters.

Earlier this year former CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love found himself in hot water after police obtained a video showing the player at a dance party in Rio's largest slum, surrounded by men with assault rifles and a bazooka.

Speaking to the Guardian before the latest scandal involving Fernandes, the head of Rio's civil police, Allan Turnowski, said footballers who had grown up surrounded by drug traffickers needed to take greater care in their choice of friends.

"We know of their roots [in the favelas], the friendships they have there… But it is hard to explain to our kids – who see [these players] as idols – that [their idols] are hanging around with armed people, bad people, people who kill, rob and traffic drugs. [People] who do everything that we try and advise our children not to do," he said.

"The bad example they set for our children is what upsets us."


10 July 2010

Declaration of the European Feminist Gathering of the World March of Women
The European regional Action of the WMW took place in Istanbul, Turkey from June 29th to June 30th.

Today, on 30 June 2010, over 500 women from 22 countries and territories gathered in Istanbul, Turkey for the European convergence of the 3rd International action of the World March of Women. By coming to Istanbul we express our solidarity with Turkish and Kurdish women in their struggle for women’s rights and people’s self-determination. We articulated our idea of an open, democratic and secular Europe where all women can enjoy and benefit from their rights as full citizens.
Our gathering is a result of the previous work that has been done in different countries, among them the construction of a Balkan network as well as national meetings in different countries to prepare for this event.

We are meeting in a moment when governments and international institutions are using the economic and financial crisis to attack women's right and the achievements of social movements of the last 50 years.

We oppose and denounce these measures and we struggle against the worsening of working conditions and pension previsions. We struggle against privatisation of and budget cuts for public services and ask to reduce military budgets instead. We stand up against the rise of the far right, fundamentalisms and militarism as well as the criminalisation of social movements and the use of violence against women to suppress these movements. We oppose the sexual harassment against especially Kurdish women and children as state policy as well as all kind of state based violence against women activists. We all stand with the women from the oppressed nations that agreed to continue their struggle against nationalist, sexist and class exploitation.

Together as an international feminist movement of grass roots women we will continue this struggle by organising and taking part in upcoming mobilizations, such as:

- our international action for peace and demilitarisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo in October 2010;
- the observation of the trial against 151 Kurdish politicians, mayors, women's rights defenders and trade union members in Diyarbakir in October 2010;
- the Euro-marches against precarity and unemployment in Brussels in October 2010.
- the counter summit to the NATO summit in Portugal in November 2010;
- the demonstration of the European Trade Union Confederation in September 2010;
- the construction of a European forum on food sovereignty in Austria in 2011.

We call on social movements to connect to the many struggles of the people that are taking place locally and unite them at a continental level, as we are doing it in the World March of Women. Now is the moment to join these struggles in order to overcome capitalism, patriarchy and racism.

Change the world to change women’s lives. Change women’s lives to change the world.

30th June 2010, Istanbul
More information: www.wmw2010.info

19 April 2010

8th March: International Women's Day and the launch of the World March of Women's 3rd International Action... For news, lots of photos and updates from the 54 countries (Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Basque Country, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Canada, Catalonia, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, England, Ecuador, France, Galicia, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Macedonia, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Quebec, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Turkey) that organised marches, demonstrations and other activities, take a look at www.wmw2010.info

MST Informa #180: In Struggle, We Commemorate the Centennial of March 8

One hundred years ago, Clara Zetkin, director of the German Social Democrat Party, successfully proposed the establishment of March 8th as International Womens Day. This historic reference alone would be enough to mark the date in its primary sense: struggle. It was on this path that women so often went out into the streets in every part of the world: for the right to vote, to equal wages, to denounce the daily violence that they experienced, from domestic humiliation to the most brutal physical violence.

In a country with one of the worst social inequalities in the world, with land, income, and power concentrated in the hands of an elite, profoundly marked by the latifúndio and by imperialist exploitation, the impacts fall most strongly on women. According to a study by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 80% of the people without access to income in Brazil are women. And they are the ones who must do two or three jobs, often considered “help” and without compensation.

In the countryside, this reality is even more striking. According to the UN organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), only 1% of the rural properties in the world are in the name of women. And in Agrarian Reform as well, the index is low: fewer than 15% of land is registered in the names of women. Around 6.5 million women farmers are illiterate. The production model given highest priority by the Brazilian state as revealed in the details of the last Farm Census, shows that there are 15 million landless in the country. Of these, at least 50% are women. Behind the large number of landless, a data from the Census expresses the contradiction: only 1% of the landowners in Brazil hold 46% of the arable land.

Agribusiness, which receives most of the public investment for production, accumulates another shameful title for Brazil. After being the main consumer of agro-toxins, it’s now the second country in the world in the cultivated area in genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). While the developed countries follow the reverse path, concerned with the quality of food, our population needs to poison itself to ensure the profits for the transnational corporations. This is because they try to convince the world that the transnational corporations would end the need for pesticides. So how else to understand the immense quantity of poisons to maintain production of GMOs? The Census showed that almost 80% of the rural property owners use agro-toxins, much more than necessary. The huge volume of herbicides applied in Brazil contaminates the soils, water sources, and even the Guarani aquifer. The contamination gets to us through the water that we drink and through the farm products irrigated with contaminated water.

There is no lack of data proving the harm to human health caused by agro-toxins and transgenics, many more times to women, such as the contamination of breast milk and impacts on fertility. But none of this seems to be reason enough to move the perverse model of agribusiness off the path that it is on.
And for this reason the rural women are mobilizing, confronting oppression and exploitation. We will not be silent. Every year, we take on the historical responsibility left by the socialists.

This year, we organized the Day of Struggle Against Agribusiness and Against Violence: for Agrarian Reform and Food Sovereignty. We are going into the streets all over the country to let society know about our demands, our alternatives for health, for autonomy, for equality, for the end of exploitation. We join the women from the cities who have also for many decades carried out basic struggles for all of Brazilian society. We know that this is the only way possible to achieve our rights.


20 February 2010


Around the world, women are collectively preparing their demonstrations and activities to commemorate the launching of our 3rd International Action... They will take many diverse and creative forms: marches, rallies, symbolic acts, conferences, debates, the launching of campaigns, the distribution of written materials, cultural presentations (music, dance, films, etc), press conferences and releases, workshops, forums, direct actions, vigils, the use of visual symbols (flags, bracelets, posters, marionettes, bandanas, etc), meetings with authorities, theatre, batucadas (drumming groups), frontier meetings, and the presentation of demands.

For more information take a look at the recently launched WMW International Action website: http://www.wmw2010.info/ Here you'll find details of the actions taking place at national and regional levels and about the events that close the International Action in the Democratic Republic of Congo in October. The website also explains how to participate in activities as well as mobilisation materials (stickers, leaflets, posters, books, etc), available in various languages.

Call to Action: Women on the March until we are All Free!

In 2010, we – activists of the World March of Women from all five continents – will be on the march once more. We will march to demonstrate our perseverance and our strength as collectively organised women with diverse experiences, political cultures and ethnic backgrounds, but with a common identity and goal: the desire to overthrow the current, unjust world order that provokes violence and poverty, and to construct the world we want based on peace, justice, equality, freedom and solidarity.

We will march in solidarity with those women who do not have the freedom to do so as a result of war and conflict; the sexual division of work that maintains women prisoners in their own homes; the capitalist and patriarchal systems that determine that the public sphere – the streets, the workplace, spaces of learning, spaces of leisure activity – is the reserve of men; and the lack of time women have, as they juggle their responsibilities as primary care-givers.

We will march to demand our rights. We will march to resist those who would seek to take away the rights we have already gained in our struggle against the offensive of religious fundamentalisms and conservative sectors of society and the State. We will be on the march for the world we want, in which autonomy, self-determination and solidarity are the pillars of the organisation of our societies.

We will march in the struggle against the commodification of our lives, sexuality and bodies. We are not objects to be bought and sold! We refuse to be treated as pieces of meat for the pornography, trafficking and advertising industries! We will not accept violence in our homes and workplaces. We will be on the march until all women lead lives free of violence and threat of violence.

We will march to denounce the sexist, racist, homophobic capitalist system that exploits the daily reproductive and productive work of women while concentrating riches in the hands of the few. We demand equal pay for equal work, a fair minimum wage, the reorganisation and sharing of care-work and social security, all without discrimination of any kind. We will be on the march until all women achieve economic autonomy.

We will march for the immediate end to conflict and to the use of women’s bodies as spoils of war. We will march to demonstrate the economic interests behind conflict – the control of natural resources, the control of peoples, the profit of the arms industry. We will be on the march until women are recognised and valorised as protagonists of peace and reconstruction processes, and in the maintenance of active peace in their countries.

We will march in our fight against the privatisation of natural resources and public services. We will march for food and energy sovereignty, and against the destruction and control of our territories and false solutions to climate change. We will be on the march until our rights to healthcare, education, drinkable water, sanitation, land, housing, and autonomy over our traditional seeds have been fulfilled.

Join us in our Action!

The World March of Women (WMW) 3rd International Action will be organised around two prominent moments:

- The 8th – 18th March, with simultaneous national marches and mobilisations of different types, forms, colours, and rhythms that will also mark the 100-year anniversary of the Declaration of International Women’s Day by delegates of the 2nd International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen in 1910;

- Simultaneous marches and actions during the 7th – 17th October period, with an international mobilisation in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as a way to strengthen women’s protagonism in the resolution of conflicts.

Mobilisations, actions and activities will also take place between these two key periods, in various different countries and also at regional level:

- Americas: 21st – 23rd August, Colombia

- Asia-Oceania: 12th – 14th May, Philippines

- Europe: 30th June, Turkey

The International Action is open to all groups of women and women who would like to join us in our struggle for the construction of the world we want, based on women’s alternatives. Come and march with us!

If you live in a country in which the WMW is organised as a National Coordinating Body (NCB), the first step is to get in touch with the sisters who participate to ask them what activities are being prepared during the year. Please search for their contact information on our website by clicking on the following link: http://www.marchemondiale.org/structure/cn-groupes/en/, or write to us at info@marchemondiale.org for more information. The second step is to get involved!

If you live in a country in which there is not yet a NCB, please feel free to organise your own mobilisations and activities! They could take many diverse and creative forms: marches, rallies, symbolic acts, conferences, debates, the launching of campaigns, the distribution of written materials, cultural presentations (music, dance, films, etc), press conferences and releases, workshops, forums, direct actions, vigils, the use of visual symbols (flags, bracelets, posters, marionettes, bandanas, etc), meetings with authorities, theatre, batucadas (drumming groups), frontier meetings, and the presentation of demands.

We also encourage you to regularly visit the Third International Action website to look at the texts, logos, and other materials that can be used to prepare for the action as well as news from the various participating countries: http://www.wmw2010.info.

And finally, don’t forget that here at the International Secretariat, we are always available to support you and your group in any way we can. Write to us to let us know what you’re planning, who is involved, and how we can help: info@marchemondiale.org.

10 February 2010

'killing me softely 3', the recording of a talk given by north american feminist jean kilbourne... really worth the 34 minutes... advertising, the commodification of women's bodies, pornography, violence against women... it's very well thought through and engaging and makes you think... a lot.


08 February 2010

women constructing another world... collectively

12 January 2010

the WMW's feminist drumming group (batucada) in são paulo goes down a storm in front of a 2000+ audience at the 6th anniversary birthday concert of the 'teatro mágico' (brasilian band that mixes music and circus performances)... and it's all on video!!!


for news of international, regional and national preparations and mobilisations for the 3rd WMW international action, please read the latest WMW international newsletter: http://www.worldmarchofwomen.org/bulletin_liaison/2010/01/en/

and then... why not take part?!

"women on the march until we are all free!"