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April 2008 - News


Civil Society draws attention to the murders on 7th April of activists Teresa Bautista, 24, and Felícitas Martínez, 20, broadcasters of the Community radio station "The Voice that Breaks the Silence" (La Voz que Rompe el Silencio), while on the way to participate in the State Meeting for the Defence of Oaxacan Peoples Human Rights. We denounce the widespread repression and criminalisation of social movements in the country and particularly towards women, which has continued to grow during the mandate of Felipe Calderon’s government. We also denounce the training of paramilitary groups who act with total impunity in front of the eyes of society, and permitting the separation of the federal government from these crimes. Read the full denunciation here (in Spanish only).

II Hemispheric Meeting against Militarization

The World March of Women joins with the organising committee of this 2nd Meeting to continue the effort to deepen the reflection, diagnosis, analysis and definition of guidelines to face the continental and global threat represented by militarization in an ever more coordinated and effective manner. The meeting will be organized in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras, from the 3rd – 5th October 2008, prior to the Social Forum of the Americas that will take place from the 7th – 12th of the same month in Guatemala. For further information, read the Meeting’s ‘call for participation’ (in Spanish) or visit the blog

Food Sovereignty

Peasant, indigenous, African descendent, fisher, rural worker and harvester women from 14 Latin American and Caribbean countries met in Brasilia, Brazil on April 9th 2008 on the occasion of the first "Special Conference for food sovereignty, rights and life", carried out in the framework of the 30th FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) America conference. On this day, they expressed their vision of the challenges and proposals necessary for achieving Food Sovereignty. Read the declaration (in Spanish).

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