Women in the fight against the commodification of nature and life!
Women and men around the world are resisting the fact that nature is considered as a resource at the service of corporate profit, that is unlimited or just another product, and that becomes increasingly expensive as it becomes more and more scarce due to improper use. We women, in particular, are very active in these struggles. Our experience of being made invisible and with the devaluation of the work we do to care for others is very similar to the invisibility and devaluation of nature. The time and energy that women spend in providing care, cooking, giving affection and listening are not visible and are elastic. In most families, women are the first up in the morning and the last to go to bed at night. The time and energy required for nature to regenerate itself are hidden and treated as an obstacle to overcome in order for the consumerist machine to continue operating at full throttle. Women continue to be pressured to adapt to conflicting attitudes and times – that of life and that of profit – and then to deal with the tensions that arise. Our work is instrumentalized to ease and to conceal the injustices brought about by multilateral institutions, governments and corporations.
Capitalist, patriarchal society is structured around a gender-based division of labour, that separates men’s work from women’s work, and promotes the idea that men’s work is worth more than women’s. Men’s work is associated with production (of items sold on markets) and women’s work, with reproduction (creation of human beings and interpersonal relationships). Representations of what is masculine and feminine are dual and hierarchical, like the association made between men and culture, and women and nature.
At the World March of Women, we fight to overcome this gender-based division of labour and, at the same time, for the recognition that reproductive work is at the very core of sustaining human life and the relationships between family members and society. We believe it is possible to establish (or, in some cases, reestablish) a dynamic and harmonious relationship between people and nature, and that women, due to their historical experience, have much to say on this topic.
In Rio+20, we will continue to fight against green capitalism
and affirm women’s alternatives
Between June 15th and the 23rd, the People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice: against the commodification of life and in defence of the commons will be held in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will take place at the Aterro do Flamengo, in parallel to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20. The official meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio 92 or Eco 92).
The People’s Summit is a broad space for debates and proposals built by global civil society in order to propose a new form of life on the planet, one that is based on solidarity, against the commodification of nature and in defence of the commons. The official agenda of Rio +20 privileges the so-called “green economy”, whereas the global social movements and networks who are organizing the People’s Summit – in which the WMW participates – are against this new disguise for the same capitalist production and consumption model that it is responsible for the current global crisis.
More than 30,000 people are expected to take part in the actions. The Brazilian Civil Society Facilitating Committee (CFSC in Portuguese), consisting of social movements, NGOs, collective groups and networks, is taking care of the details (such as methodology, communication and mobilization). The CFSC is coordinated by the “Articulation Group”, which brings together many social movements and national networks, such as the WMW, CUT, Via Campesina, Brazilian Network for People’s Integration (Rebrip), the youth and environmentalist movements. Based on the debates held in these spaces, the following agenda for the Summit activities has been developed:
June 5: Global Day of Action Against Capitalism
15th and 16th: Self-organized activities (organized by networks and/or coalitions)
17th : Pre-assembly plenary of convergence
18th: Self-organized activities and mobilizations (morning) and Pre-assembly plenary of convergence (afternoon)
19th: Self-organized activities (organized by networks and/or coalitions) + Mobilization (morning) + People’s Assembly — Structural Causes and False Solutions (afternoon)
20th: National /Global Day of Mobilization. A major demonstration in Rio de Janeiro and in several Brazilian cities to express the peoples’ struggle against the commodification of nature and in defence of the commons.
21st: Self-organized activities (organized by networks and/or coalitions) + Mobilization (morning), People’s Assembly – Our Solutions (afternoon)
22: People’s Assembly – Agenda for campaigns and struggles (morning) + Closing Cultural Activity (afternoon)
23: Evaluation of the summit
Within the summit, together with other social movements that share our anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchal and anti-racist political vision, we, the women of the WMW will be putting emphasis on the People’s Permanent Assembly (APP in Portuguese). The APP is a space where, through testimony and analysis, exchanges and solidarity, mobilizations and concrete actions, we will have the challenge of strengthening existing struggles and call for new actions and initiatives that will generate new platforms of unity.
The APP will be organized around three axes:
– the structural causes of the current crisis of civilization, based on concrete examples such as the energy, financial, food and environmental crises, yet without fragmenting them.
– the reaffirmation of our practices of resistance and new paradigms and alternatives built by people
– the political agenda/calendar of action for the next period
The Methodology Working Group is discussing what the best way to organize the APP is in order to give it visibility and to assert new paradigms.
The WMW in the debates on Rio +20
We are part of this construction process, part of a broader global process to resist capitalism, which is patriarchal and racist and that nowadays, is increasingly invading all spheres of life. Through our participation in the process towards Rio +20, we aim to, even before the summit starts, give visibility to the processes of struggle against false solutions and green capitalism that we are involved in in our own countries. And, from a feminist standpoint (anti-systemic and critical), we seek to provoke an open debate in order to expose transnational corporations’ and governments’ intentions behind the green economy concept and its effects on women’s lives. Through our active participation and in alliance with other movements, we also aim to give visibility to the alternatives for the good life and coexistence proposed by women. We have, as a starting point, the discussions and actions organized throughout our history as a movement which have been synthesized in our action areas, particularly that of “Common good and public services” (http://www.marchemondiale.org/actions/2010action/text/biencomun/en)
We position feminism with the criticisms of the false solutions to the environmental crisis and we assert that the new discourse of capitalism, hidden today behind the mask of “green economy” concept, is the same market model that commodifies our lives, our bodies, and our territories. We say NO to the false solutions proposed by the market and its agents, such as carbon markets, agrofuels, REDD and REDD++ mechanisms and geo-engineering. We do not accept solutions than only generate more business and do not change the production, consumption and social reproduction model. Moreover, we defend that the alternatives built and proposed by the peoples must integrate a dimension that generates equality, emphasizing that to become real global alternatives, these must include equality between women and men, the right of women to live without violence, and sharing of housework and care-giving between women and men. To do this, we must start with the knowledge we have accumulated in the area of feminist economics, establishing the sustainability of human life as a challenge.
This critical debate on capitalism and the development of alternatives does not take place within the institutional frameworks of the UN or in its spaces of dialogue with civil society. There, often only gender clauses are added to treaties, as leaders or negotiators follow a rationale similar to that of the negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
We believe that the debate on alternatives can only progress through extensive efforts to build awareness among women and in spaces of alliance with other social movements that are also fighting against the patriarchal and racist capitalist system. From this perspective, then, we were present in several peoples’ spaces created in parallel to official summits such as the COPs (Conference of the Parties) of the UN Convention on Climate Change in Bali (2008), Copenhagen (2009), Cancun (2010) and Durban (2011). We also participated in processes built together with the peoples, particularly the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 2010, and in the Thematic Social Forum “Capitalist Crisis, Environmental and Social Justice”, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, January, 2012.
Actions already planned by the WMW
In all international processes in which we participate as the WMW (such as World Social Forums and counter summits), our strategy of intervention is built in dialogue with the dynamics and orientation provided by the NCB that hosts the event. Thus, in addition to participating in the “Articulation Group”, the WMW NCB in Brazil has been deepening the discussion about Rio +20 and the People’s Summit with its grassroot groups in national training activities and in debates held during its national coordination meetings since 2011. .
We are coordinating our presence in the activities and demonstrations together with other allied social movements (Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth, etc.). During the event, we plan to organize the following spaces:
1. A WMW camp for around 1,000 women: this is a space for accommodation, organization and sharing, for both the Brazilian delegation and the WMW international delegates from other countries who might be in Rio. The WMW committees at the Brazilian state-level are already organizing training, mobilization and fundraising activities to guarantee their delegations’ presence in Rio.
2. Participation in debates within the spaces of the People’s Summit: we are organizing our activities so as to emphasize the construction of the various plenaries of convergence and the Permanent Peoples’ Assembly, ensuring that the feminist perspective is part of these processes.
– We are planning with our allies to have a lot of action on the streets during the days of the summit. We are in the process of giving visibility to the feminist agenda in these mobilizations. For example, in the fight against mining (mainly the Vale transnational corporation), we want to denounce how capital’s offensive moves into territories also advances on our bodies, the issue of violence and prostitution.
– On June 18, we will hold a women’s day of mobilization, organized by the ensemble of Brazilian women’s movements and women of mixed movements allied with the WMW, in which we will express a strong feminist position against green capitalism.
Internally, the WMW, the International Committee and Secretariat set up a working group to share information, produce documents to assist in the training for action and political action, give visibility to our participation in the summit, evaluate the follow up after Rio+20 and coordinate the actions of our members who follow the issue in different countries.
June 5th: international day of action
Aware of the need to expand the process that criticizes the green economy, during the Thematic Social Forum “Capitalist Crisis, Environmental and Social justice”, held in Porto Alegre (RS), Brazil, from January 24 to 29, 2012, the Social Movements Assembly decided to organize a global day of common action on June 5th in order to send a strong message to all of our governments before the UN Rio +20 Conference. On this date, which coincides with the World Environment Day, we want to clearly show our position against policies that are at the service of transnational corporations and result in the commodification of nature, of our lives and our bodies, and to voice our alternatives.
As part of our alliances, we have been strengthening our common lines of struggle, defined in Dakar in 2011: against transnational corporations, for climate justice and food sovereignty, against violence against women and war, colonialism, occupations and the militarization of our territories.
Click here to read the declaration of the Social Movements Assembly in Porto Alegre 2012: http://www.marchemondiale.org/alliances_mondialisation/asamblea-movimientos-sociales/declarations/poa-2012/en.
In Brazil, during the Rio+20 events, a demonstration with strong national and international presence is being planned for June 20th.
Rio +20: an overview of the official process
In January 2012, the United Nations launched the Zero Draft preparatory document for the official debates with the title, “The Future We Want.” The draft contains several problems: it proposes the green economy and the participation of the private sector as solutions to the problems they themselves have created. It also reiterate support for the WTO Doha Round , the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and COP-17 – which are agreements that favour the interests of the corporations. Finally, as a concrete measure, it proposes the establishment of Sustainable Development Goals. For those who follow this issue, it draws our attention to the fact that these are none other than a repetition of the Millennium Goals, agreements that completely disregard all agreements from the cycle of UN social conferences of the 1990s.
We, from the WMW Brazil, were never very enthusiastic about the results of the UN Cycle of Conferences. We are very concerned with the signature of widely accepted agreements that establish the basis for new business, such as the Dublin Agreement, which later led to the privatization of water services.
In the official process, there is the ‘Major Group of Women’, who has made contributions to the Zero Draft in November, 2011. In their document, there are elements that we agree with, such as the proposal of concrete measures for the rapid phasing-out and ban of dangerous toxic compounds used in pesticides and fertilizers; the elimination of subsidies for unsustainable energy sources like nuclear energy and tar sands; the affirmation of the precautionary principle; the need to protect traditional knowledge systems of indigenous women from appropriation and exploitation by corporations. The group also criticizes the term “green economy” and proposes instead “equitable and sustainable economy”, describing its principles. In addition, it stresses the limitations of using GDP as a measure of welfare, and proposes indicators to evaluate gender impacts.
However, those contributions were not included in the UN’s Zero Draft. The document only makes a generic reference to gender inequality, mentioning that sustainable development depends on the contribution of women, that barriers that prevent their participation in the economy must be removed, and measures promoting gender equality should be promoted. The draft also incorporates the need to develop indicators that simultaneously include economic, environmental, and social aspects.
We believe that an analysis restricted to gender impacts may be limited to describing the positive and negative impacts in a fragmented way. For instance, at the peak of neoliberal globalization, the increase in paid jobs for women at the “maquilas” and export-led agriculture were seen as positive effects: women had their own income, and therefore, they tended to have more autonomy. However, there were also negative impacts, especially poor working conditions. According to that rationale, positive and negative aspects balance out. However, we prioritize a perspective that analyzes how capitalism uses the patriarchal structures in its current process of accumulation.
More information on the Summit: www.rio2012.org.br
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Aug 3rd, 2010 by Mars Group Kenya
The Kenyan Chapter of the World March of Women Calls for a Peaceful Referendum
World March of Women – Kenya Chapter is part of the International women’s Movement that connects grassroots groups and organizations working to eliminate the causes at the root of poverty and violence against Women. While struggling against all forms of inequality and discrimination directed at Women, our values and actions are directed at making political, economic and social change. Our values are Solidarity, Equality, Freedom, Justice and Peace.
We, the World March of Women –Kenyan Chapter, hereby state as follows:
i) That Kenya belongs to all Kenyans
ii) That all Kenyans must co-exist peacefully
iii) Whenever there is chaos in Kenya, women suffer the blunt of the consequences
iv) In the past, Kenyan women have not stood in solidarity with each other
v) That women have previously not been very vocal on issues of preventing violence
vi) That all Kenyan Citizens were brought into the world by a woman and
vii) That any loss of life or limb brings grief, pain and deep sorrow to a woman
Respecting the fact that every Kenyan has a right to exercise her/his democratic right of choosing how the country should be governed through the vote
Believing that the women of Kenya are the backbone of this nation, Call upon;-
- All Kenyans to ensure that the forthcoming referendum is peaceful.
- All Kenyan women wherever they are reach out to each other by holding hands as a gesture of solidarity as women for peace.
- All women to ask their spouses, sons and neighbours to remain peaceful and demonstrate respect, tolerance and accommodate each other’s opinion. Kenya is greater than all of us and we all belong here where we should be proud of our diversity and the ability to participate in a peaceful exercise of our democratic rights.
Whenever Kenya has experienced political unrest, it is we the women who have suffered more. It is we the women whose homes have been broken. It is we the women who are left to nurse our sons and husbands. It is we the women who have lost our precious husbands, sons and daughters. It is we the women who are raped. It is our children who are defiled. It is we the women who have to carry the burden of the wrath of our neighbours who think we participated in one way or the other and it is we the women who have to carry the guilt of our sons, daughters and husbands as we nurse their broken egos.
We World March of Women Kenyan Chapter are NOT going to sit back and watch. We call upon the police to ensure that there is security and the rule of law prevails.
We ask all Kenyans to remain vigilant and watch out for those who may want to use this historic moment to cause mayhem or unrest.
We thank the International Secretariat of the World March of Women and all the other International chapters for standing in solidarity with the Women of Kenya during this historic moment
Issued at Nairobi, 3rd August 2010
Kenyan National Coordinating Body
- Florence Keya
- Deborah Kayalo
- Sophie Dola
- Tafle Omar
- Jackline Wangare
- Jayne Mati
- Damaris Toboso
- Ann Apiyo
- Ann Ngatia
- Jane Anyango
- Beatrice Kamau
- Ruth Vulimu
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The world March of Women -Kenyan Chapter becomes first group to engage Parliament after the passing of the New Constitution…..
Press Release: World March Of Women Kenya Chapter To Present On Thurday 19th August 2010 A Petition For Action To Kenya Parliament On Millennium Development Goal 5 To Improve Maternal Health And Prevent Deaths Of Mothers And Children From Preventable Diseases
Aug 18th, 2010 by Mars Group Kenya
MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOAL 5 : IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH IN KENYA.
ACTION BY PETITIONING PARLIAMENT TO INCREASE THE BUDGET ALLOCATION TO MATERNAL HEALTH CARE & PREVENTION OF DEATHS OF KENYAN MOTHERS AND CHILDREN FROM PREVENTABLE DISEASES.
We the world March of women Kenyan chapter;
Undertaking the role of motherhood with pride that it disserves,;
Honouring our mother country with our God given productive role
- Kenya has just passed a new constitution that recognises reproduction health as a basic right for every Kenyan,
- That Kenya is a signatory to the 5th millennium goal ‘to improve maternal health’
- Kenya pledged to increase health sector allocations by upto 15% of government expenditure in Abuja and reconfirmed its commitment at the AU summit in Kampala in July 2010
- Kenya committed itself to invest more in community health workers
Respecting the fact that even though complication of pregnancy cannot always be prevented, deaths can be averted if women receive proper medical care
Recognising that the government is the custodian of our consolidated fund and parliament is responsible for proper budgetary allocations
Believing that the women of Kenya are the backbone of this nation call upon;
- Kenyan government to honour its pledge to the women of Kenya.
- Parliament to increase allocations to the health sector and more specifically to maternal health care and preventable diseases.
- Parliament to establish a select committee to look into maternal and child deaths.
- Parliament to identify funds within the National budget which can be re-allocated to immediate needs for maternal health.
- Parliament to celebrate international women’s day and international Children’s day as official parliamentary occasions in solidarity with all women and children of Kenya.
Tomorrow, Thursday, 19th August 2010, World march of Women Kenya Chapter together with our partners and networks will commence action towards advocating for improved maternal health and prevention of deaths of Kenyan women and children from preventable diseases.
We will present the petition to parliament at 10.00 a.m on thursday 19th August 2010 and thereafter announce the launch of our online international campaign to collect ten million signatures worldwide in solidarity with all the countries that are committed to achieving millennium development goal No.5
Issued on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at Nairobi Kenya, by the
World March of Women – Kenya Coordinating Body
1. Anne Ngatia
2. Lydiah Dola
3. Anne Apiyo
4. Beatrice Kamau
5. Jayne Mati
6. Deborah Kayalo Sagasi
7. Ruth Vulimu Limo
8. Jackline Wangare
9. Damaris Toboso
10. Florence Keya
11. Betty Sang
12. Tafle Omar
13. Jane Onyango
14. Mumbi Njau
15. Sophie D. Ogutu
Pursuant to Standing Order 205 (2)
SUBJECT MATTER: BUDGETARY ALLOCATION FOR MATERNAL HEALTH CARE AND FOR PREVENTING DEATHS OF KENYAN MOTHERS AND CHILDREN FROM PREVENTABLE DISEASES
To The National Assembly of Kenya
We, the undersigned
Petitioners are Citizens of the Republic of Kenya and wish to
Draw the attention of the House to the following:
In 2001, Kenya along with other African countries pledged at Abuja to increase allocation to the health sector up to 15% of government expenditure.
This pledge was repeated again in the recently concluded African Union Summit in Kampala, 19 to 27 July 2010;
African leaders including Kenyan have pledged to invest more in community health workers and re-committed to meeting the Abuja target. In the meantime, national budget allocations to health remain far below this target.
The Kenya budget for the fiscal year 2010-11 allocated slightly over Kenya shillings 55 billion to both ministries of Medical Services and Public Health and Sanitation. This is approximately 5.5 percent of the total Government of Kenya expenditure. About 41 percent of this allocation went to the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, which is responsible for primary health care including maternal health care up to Level 3 (health centre). Considering that this allocation translates to about 2.3 percent of total GOK expenditure, it is apparent that extremely little will be available for maternal health services.
In our view, this level of investment (about 2.3 percent of total GOK expenditure allocated to primary health care) does not reflect a strong government commitment to achieving MDG5 by 2015; it does not demonstrate high prioritization of maternal and newborn death prevention and reduction among the national priorities.
Further, 480 children die every day from preventable disease
THEREFORE your humble petitioners PRAY that Parliament
1. Resolve to urge the Government to fulfil its commitment to increase allocation to the health sector up to 15% of government expenditure within the current Financial Year, In addition, the Government should ensure more funds are channeled to maternal health services.
2. Resolve to establish a select Committee to look into Maternal and child deaths and working with experts to identify funds within the National Budget which can be reallocated to meet the target commitment.
3. Resolve to celebrate International Women’s Day and International Children’s Day as official parliamentary occasions in solidarity with all women and Children of Kenya
And your PETITIONERS will ever pray
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World March of women -Kenya has been organizing community based meetings with the sole purpose of lobbying and advocacy, while popularizing the March at the grass-roots constituencies. So far world March of women Kenya has held progressive meetings gearing towards 2010 global actions in Huruma, Korogocho, Kibera, Mathare, Soweto, Kendu bay, Taita, Kangemi, Turkana, and still gorowing stronger. From the 5 Values of the International WMW, which are Peace, freedom, justice, Equality and solidarity, Solidarity seems to be the pillar of the Kenya NCB. We are planing to hold activities during the 2 phases of global actions in 2010. The period between March 8th – March 18, a series of activities have been planned and a time table already scheduled awaiting availability of funds.
The period October 17, there will be global actions and demonstrations in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in war torn parts of the world, and these simultanoeus actions will happen in various countries with a meeting point in Bukavu, South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Con.
World March of women ya is also part of this arrangements.
Planned Actions for the coming years 2009 – 2011
This year, as a National Coordinating body (Kenyan NCB), we are organizing ourselves in terms of domesticating the International demands of the WMW, while building and identifying our selves as people of a movement. We have been doing this through the informal trainings that have been conducted at the Constituency level in the communities. So far we have conducted 2 trainings in two constituencies in Nairobi, Which is Huruma (Madoya slums) in Starehe Constituency, and Kinyago (Majengo) in Kamukunji constituency. Our next training will be in Mathare (Mlango Kubwa), then Kibera (Kianda) respectively as we move on.
We have also successfully organised events around women issues like joining the rest of the world in celebrating The International Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) day, which was generously supported by Center for Multi Party Democracy (CMD-Kenya) and the Fund for Women Artists (USA)
We have been able to organise for a successful Prayer March that took place on the 3rd of March 2009, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who perished in both the Nakumatt and Molo fire tragedies, while demanding the resettlement of the many families that are still languishing in the IDP camps which are being closed for being the government’s “eye soars”. This was our first March as an NCB, and it was very successful.
We have been organizing around the international calendar, and on the 8th March, we collaborated with organisations like DUAFE, Wangu Kanja foundation and the women in Lakisama in organizing an event in Baba Dogo on International Women’s day.
The WMW-Kenya continues coordinating twice a month meetings for its members, and bi-monthly training in the communities. Some of the approaches used in the training include video advocacy, the use of songs and other interactive mediums that are proving to be easily accepted by the community.
Towards 2010 Global Actions
Being “on the March” expresses the idea of moving ahead freely, without constraints and impediments, to express the strength of women organised collectively in associations, groups, and movements. In addition, it expresses strength derived from the fact that we are women with experiences, political cultures and diverse ethnicities but who have a common identity which is to overcome the current unjust order that provokes violence and poverty. Part of our identity is also International solidarity and the fact that we are attentive to what happens to our sisters in other parts of the world.
In 2010, we will make our voices heard with greater force around the world from March 8th to October 17th 2010. Our World actions will be organised around two prominent moments
i) The period from March 8th -18th, with regional Marches of different types, forms, colors and rhythms that will also mark the 100 –year anniversary of the Declaration of International Women’s Day.
ii) Simultaneous Marches and actions on October 17th with an International meeting point in Sud Kivu, Congo, as a way to strengthen women’s protagonism in the resolution of conflicts.
The 2010 actions will develop around the four action areas of the WMW
a) Common good
b) Peace and Demilitarization
c) Women’s Work
d) Violence against Women
Formats for Action
Each National Coordinating body (NCB) is free to define the formats they feel is best for 2010 action. Some ideas that are already being prepared include:
- 10 –day Marches with pre –arranged routes in one direction
- Bus and Train Caravans with actions planned for stops along routes
- Artistic and cultural activities such as film exhibitions, theatrical presentations, workshops on creating instruments, posters, and other activities to encourage debate on the action areas of the March
- Local organization of demonstrations in Support of actions carried out by the WMW in other countries and regions.
- Carry out actions in front of companies that produce arms, diplomatic representatives in countries that sell arms and United Nations building.
- Campaigns to boycott products of multinationals associated with exploitation and war
The 9th World Social Forum in Africa
The 9th WSF will be held in Africa once again in January 2011, in Dakar –Senegal. As WMW – Kenya, Plans are already underway to ensure some of the members attend this forum. We would like to mobilize resources to have as many women participate in the forum. The idea of meeting other progressive social groups and movements build individuals while empowering them. As an NCB, we are encouraging the women to start the early processes of acquiring important documents like birth certificates, which some do not see as important having, but will help in the smooth acquisition of International travel documents. We have also started looking into ways of mobilizing resources amongst ourselves and are thinking of printing t-shirts, caps, bags, and badges for sale in support of the 9th WSF travel kitty for indigenous women. We are also looking into possibilities of holding dinners, tea parties, and a cultural festival in support of the same.
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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 privatization 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 health care, education, drinkable water, sanitation, land, housing, and autonomy over our traditional seeds have been fulfilled.
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