Elizabeth Mpofu, La Via Campesina, Building an International Movement for Food and Seed Sovereignty

Women members of the Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum, member organization of La Via Campesina, display their seeds at a seed fair. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Mpofu.  Elizabeth Mpofu of Zimbabwe is General Coordinator of the international peasant movement La Via Campesina, a coalition of 164 organizations in 73 countries around the world, representing about 200…

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My Dress is My Choice: a Forum Theatre Piece

MY DRESS IS MY CHOICE is a forum theatre piece created for the inhabitants of the Mathare, Huruma and Kariobangi Slums in Nairobi. It responds to the recent surge in public violence based on their choice of clothing –women getting punished for their inappropriate attire (Mini skirts). Forum theatre is based on the idea that a…

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Dangers of the Gates Foundation: Displacing Seeds and Farmers

From a presentation by Mariam Mayet Edited by Simone Adler Mariam is the founder and director of the African Centre for Biodiversity in South Africa. This is the first in a two-part article with Mariam Mayet. Please check back later in this series for further discussion on how the African Centre for Biodiversity is fighting…

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We Are the Solution: African Women Organize for Land and Seed Sovereignty

Mariama Sonko is a farmer and organizer in Casamance, Senegal. She is the National Coordinator of We Are the Solution, a campaign for food sovereignty led by rural women in West Africa. Traditional, small-holder peasant agriculture is done by women. Women are the ones who save the seeds – the soul of the peasant population. This is to…

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Ghana Hosts Major Women’s Forum

Former President of Malawi, H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda was a special Guest of Honor at a global gathering of women leaders in Accra on Thursday 8, October 2015. Dr. Banda joined some of the most influential women from across the African continent at the International SHEROES Forum. The former President also helped launch “Elect Her…

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Patriarchy, Extremism and Why We Can’t Ignore Women

The upholding of convictions and sentencing of two female US citizens by a federal appeals court in Minnesota in August, found guilty of conspiring to funnel money to a terrorist organization in Somalia, has added to the debate on the role of women in terrorist activities. They are said to have posed as humanitarians and…

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