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By Carol Schachet
August 9th, 2012
Today [August 9] is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. The United Nations pronounced this day to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. Today also gives us an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions that indigenous people have made to improve world issues.
Grassroots International proudly supports indigenous organizations from Mexico to Brazil to Mozambique to Indonesia – groups engaged in ongoing organizing to protect their rights and the rights of Mother Earth.
By the Via Campesina
Thousands of Honduran farm workers have launched a co-ordinated land occupation, squatting on some 12,000 hectares nationwide and fuelling new tensions over land rights, authorities said.
After a successful campaign to protect women’s land rights, Nicaragua’s peasant women achieved another policy milestone. Along with urban-based women’s organizations, they lobbied the National Congress to pass a new women’s rights legislation. And they won. The legislation, yet to be signed into law, received broad congressional approval – 84 votes in favor out, just seven votes shy of unanimous. Grassroots International joins our Nicaraguan partners and allies in celebrating another step forward toward women’s rights and dignity.
Once signed, the new law will provide stronger legal support in cases of violence against women within both domestic and public spheres, as well as the violence generated by economic injustices.
Despite being denied, again, title to the land on which they have labored, there is no quit in this group of women from El Estribo.
The Council for the Integral Development of the Peasant Woman (CODIMCA) is the lead organization for the Women’s Regional Commission of Vía Campesina – Central America. Created in 1985, CODIMCA advocates for the social and economic rights of peasant women in Honduras and supports regional movement building initiatives in Central America between rural and urban women groups. In Honduras, the organization works in nine states through 414 community-based groups.
By Carol Schachet
August 16th, 2011
From her humble beginnings, Sayra never imagined the profound impact she would have on the global movement for food sovereignty.