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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!

24 November 2009

Press release - La Via Campesina

Transnationals Contribute To HUNGER - Farmers provide SOLUTIONS

(Rome, 15th of November 2009) La Via Campesina is appalled by the arrogance of the private sector and especially Nestlé in pretending to provide solutions for the food crisis whereas the transnational companies have continued to actively contribute to creating this crisis.

The comments of the Nestlé president at the FAO private sector Conference in Milan on the 12th of November were particularly shocking given Nestlés well known harmful campaigns to sell baby formula and discourage breastfeeding in developing countries.

Many transnational companies have increased their profits during the food crisis and have played a major role in increasing hunger in the world by taking control over the food system and the productive resources such as land and water, excluding family farmers from food production.

They have pushed changes in the agricultural production models, forcing high-input intensive production modes and pushing technologies and policies such as agrofuels, GMOs and trade liberalization solely in the interests of increasing their profits. The glaring failures of these transnational corporate strategies for the food system are evident from the statistics that show a growing number of hungry people.

On GMOs, Javier Sanchez, from the Spanish farmers' organisation COAG (member of Via Campesina), says “There is a broad global consensus among farmers and consumers that the GM technologies allow the companies to take control over seeds and deny farmers the possibility of saving their own seeds. Farmers lose the right to produce GM free food while consumers lose the right to eat GM free food. It is a clear example of how the privatization of natural resources goes against the common interest. European consumers who are wisely rejecting these technologies.”

Henry Saragih, international coordinator of La Via Campesina notes that in his home country of Indonesia, Nestle directly contributes to the impoverishment of farmers and malnutrition, particularly among babies, through their control of production and pricing in the dairy sector.

At the “Peoples Food Sovereignty Now" Forum parallel to the World Food Summit in Rome, Civil Society Organisations are proposing the real solutions of food sovereignty.


La Via Campesina is an international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small producers, landless people, rural women and agricultural workers around the world. Our movement is made up of 148 member organisations active in 69 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

More on www.viacampesina.org

11 November 2009

Editorial, World March of Women International Newsletter, Vol.12, No.3 (October 2009)

Dear sisters,

At the International Meeting in Lima in July 2006 we posed ourselves the challenge to organise ourselves as a movement to be reckoned with. This means having the strength to influence the increasingly complex political, economic and social context of our world and our countries, and also to change it. This is what we are striving for as we prepare for the 2010 International Action and allow ourselves to dream, plan and build actions that may seem daring to others.

But we know that it is possible. We are translating our Action Areas into a daily agenda. Our presence is felt as feminists in anti-globalisation activities, in places as diverse as the Kurdish territories and Zimbabwe. In October, for example, we will join forces with demonstrations planned in defense of Mother Earth and against the commercialization of nature. In Novembre we will carry out debates and demonstrations to denouce violence against women, especially on the 25th November when we remember the assassination of the Mirabel sisters by the military dictatorship of the Dominican Republic. In December we will be participating in the Klimaforum and demonstrations to denounce the false solutions to climate change, above all in Copenhagen.

In addition, during this period we will dedicate time and reflection to the process of evaluating the work of the World March of Women from 2007 - 2009. We are halfway through our mandate as the International Secretariat in Brazil, and are on the eve of our 3rd International Action. We must pause and reflect on what we have learnt in order to define our strategic plans for the period that lies ahead.

Nurturing ourselves with poetry, we end with a verse written by our WMW sister in Chile, Mafalda Galdamez: "The time is not far off when the voices of protest will come together to form multitudes".