Special Americas Updater: Women In Movement
The CIP Americas Program, along with our partner organization Just Associates (JASS) and other local and national women's organizations, has put together this special issue on Women in Movement. The critical role of women in grassroots movements in the Americas is often overlooked, leaving women human rights defenders and community leaders under-recognized and vulnerable.
This issue looks at women and movements across the region. In Honduras, the Walk for Dignity and National Sovereignty included women's demands and depended on the broad participation of feminists and women who don't necessarily identify as such but who play active roles in fighting for women's rights and in defense of territory and resources.
The Americas Program also talks to members of the Autonomous Movement of Women in Nicaragua about their recent testimony on rising violence against women in their country at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In the absence of government action, women's organizations run shelters and provide services to address the serious problem. Finally, Clayton Conn turns a photojournalist's eye on the recent demonstration of the movement of Mothers of the Disappeared in Mexico City.
For Spanish speakers, our friend Moira Millan, Mapuche from the Argentine Patagonia, contributes with a wonderful film "Pupila de Mujer" on women in indigenous struggles in her country. It describes how after being taught she was not indigenous, she realized she was Mapuche--a survivor of genocide--and traveled back to find her roots and her compañeras in the struggle for women's and indigenous rights. Take the time to watch it--it's a beautiful and stirring movie that can be found here.
In the next issue, we´ll be looking to Via Campesina, for their campaign against violence against women within grassroots organizations. As governments move slowly, if at all, on ending the acts and the culture of violence against women, we have plenty of work to do within our own organizations. Despite problems and barriers, the more than 50 organizations of Via Campesina Latin America are taking this work seriously.
There can be no real social change without ending inequality between the sexes. The women at the forefront of people's movements become targets not just of repressive governments and corporations. They also have to face discrimination and harassment in their own communities and groups. We have it in our hands to change this situation.
In commemoration of International Women's Day, this month and always, please read and share this issue. Tell us what you think, and tell us about your own experiences, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warm Regards, Laura Carlsen