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International Women’s Day: Inspiring stories of women vs. pesticides

Press Release “Farmers are unable or unwilling to focus on environmental or health issues so long as they are experiencing poverty. They are less willing to experiment, because they are afraid of risking yield,” said woman farmer Khonsawan from Nongno Village in Laos. But the story of Khonsawan and other women farmers also show that change in behaviour can be inspired even by just one positive experience or example that farmers can witness for themselves....
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Fight Back Imperialist Globalisation, Militarism and Religious Fundamentalism!

As we celebrate International Working Women’s Day today, we also mourn the death 5 days ago of Berta Caceres: a Lenca woman leader and environmental activist murdered for the defense of her people and their lands in Honduras. Her life and struggle mirrors that of women around the globe, who suffer but fight back against imperialist globalisation and militarism. After three decades of neo-liberal globalisation, and as its economic and social crisis deepens, women all...
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In time for International Working Women’s Day 2016: Stories of 500 Rural Women Leaders Launched – Women’s stories assert rights to land and resources

“We’ve learned that mining companies are after the rich minerals and biodiversity found in our communities. As a result, our ancestral domain is being grabbed and encroached by greedy businessmen and foreign companies…We still have the same problems my parents faced three decades ago. And we confront these problems like they did:  we fight!” The story of Gertrudes Layal, a Lumad leader from Mindanao, Philippines finds resonance with other women’s stories from other countries in...
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Travelling Journal Journeys Anew on Rural Women’s Day

The Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC), PAN Asia Pacific (PAN AP) and Oxfam’s East Asia and South Asia GROW Campaign launched today the Women’s Travelling Journal of Asian rural women in time for the United Nation’s (UN) 6th International Day of Rural Women. Now on its third journey, the travelling journal, “Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia on Food Sovereignty” aims to highlight the important roles of rural and indigenous women in...
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National Consultation and Planning on Women and Agriculture Held in Chennai, India

Various civil society groups from all over India held a National Consultation and Planning on Women and Agriculture last August 1, 2014 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. These groups voiced a concern that 67 years after the Declaration of Independence of India, majority of the people are denied their basic right to food, land, health, nutrition, work and social security. The National Consultation participants also endorsed a statement which made strong demands, some of which include...
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Northern Senegal holds women’s training to build leadership capacity

Twenty (20) women leaders from organizations of women farmers, civil society, women’s rights activists and local officials participated in a local capacity building workshop for rural women in Podor (Senegal) from August 4 to 6, 2014 . Participants came from Matam, Saint-Louis, Linguère, Dagana and Podor, localities in North Senegal. The workshop was led by three (3) facilitators who participated in the sub-regional workshop for trainers organized in Somone (Mbour, Senegal) last January 2014. Four...
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