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Northern Senegal holds women’s training to build leadership capacity
13 August 2014, Media Alert by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Africa
Twenty (20) women leaders from organizations of women farmers, civil society, women's rights activists and local officials participated in a local capacity building workshop for rural women in Podor (Senegal) from August 4 to 6, 2014 . Participants came from Matam, Saint-Louis, Linguère, Dagana and Podor, localities in North Senegal. 
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PAN AP jumpstarts the "Women Reclaim our Seeds!" campaign
22 May 2013
(Penang, Malaysia) - On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) launches its campaign with the theme "Women Reclaim our Seeds" to celebrate the inspiring diversity and knowledge on seeds in the hands of women. 
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Intervention of the Civil Society Mechanism on the importance of consultations
18 October 2012, Rome, Italy
My name is Magimai Appakuti of Tamil Nadu Dalit Women's Movement in India and of the Asian Rural Women's Coalition (ARWC). I speak as part of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM). I am a member of a women farmers' group doing collective farming.  
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Asian Rural Women's Coalition (ARWC) joins the 5th International Day of Rural Women in 2012 and expresses our solidarity to the relentless struggle of rural and indigenous women in Asia!
12 October 2012

The ARWC is committed to the development of a movement of women peasants, agricultural women workers, indigenous women, Dalit women, nomads, fisherfolk, informal and formal workers, migrants and advocates calling for rural women's rights, empowerment and liberation! [read more]

Women and Food Sovereignty - The future we shall fight for in Rio and beyond
PAN AP, AMIHAN and ARWC Statement
June 2012

Twenty years ago, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, Brazil (also known as the Earth Summit) led to the forging of historic commitments from governments around the world to save the planet. This June, the Rio+20 Summit is being held to assess how much of the Earth Summit's goals have been achieved, and to define measures that will chart the path towards sustainable development. [read more]

Without addressing the realities of women, there can be no sustainable development, women from Asia Pacific reminded all states and participants in the Rio+20
Press Release by Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific
18 June 2012

Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific today launched an international petition aimed at immediately stopping the landgrabbing activities of A Brown, a Philippine oil palm plantation company, which since 2010 has displaced an indigenous farming community in Opol, Misamis Oriental in Southern Philippines. [read more]

Without addressing the realities of women, there can be no sustainable development, women from Asia Pacific reminded all states and participants in the Rio+20
Press Release by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
18 June 2012

Women from Indonesia, Burma, Philippines and Thailand presented their realities and demands to realize sustainable development at the side event: Voices from Asia Pacific: Just and Sustainable Development Goals for Women,” co-organised by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC), and Asian Women’s Network on Gender and Development (AWNGAD) at Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro on the 15th June 2012. [read more]

Indian & Tamil Nadu Government repression against the non-violent protest against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KK-NPP) in southern Tamil Nadu, India
Struggle leaders & women protesters beaten up. Police arrested over 203 peaceful protesters - more arrests feared. Meera's (wife of struggle leader Dr S P Udaykumar) school in Nagercoil town vandalised.
There is a massive non-violent protest movement ongoing at the southern tip of India, in the three southern Tamil Nadu districts of Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari & Thootukudi. Thousands of fisher-folk, farmers, traders and other residents have kept fast, surrounded the KK-NPP, organized massive demonstrations in Chettikulam, Idinthakarai & Kanyakumari. Over 300 senior citizens kept day-long fast and wrote a letter to the Japanese PM, requesting him not to open nuclear cooperation negotiations with Indian Govt. 
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Asian Rural Women's Coalition Statement on the Rio+20 Summit: Sustainable development will only be achieved through gender, economic, and ecological justice, not the 'green economy'
8 March 2012

Today's commemoration of International Women's Day is an opportune time for rural women to celebrate victories, including palpable gains towards achieving sustainable development as defined by the collective struggle for rights, empowerment, and liberation. But with the intensifying world financial and economic crisis, monopoly capitalist forces are more determined than ever to squeeze super profits from the world's natural resources and labour force, increasing efforts to ultimately derail or coopt the quest for genuine sustainable development. [read more]

End imperialist exploitation and oppression of the people!
Women of the world unite!
Struggle for land, jobs, social services and rights!
March 8 International Women's Day
GABRIELA National Alliance of Women in the Philippines

GABRIELA National Alliance of Women in the Philippines sends its solidarity to women all over the world in commemoration of March 8 International Women's Day! [read more]

Thousands of Afghan Women Make Urgent Request:
Help Us "Stand Up!" to End Violence Against Women
Press Release by Jalal Foundation
8 March 2012

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - The Jalal Foundation announces a global petition drive to combat violence against women in Afghanistan, launching March 8, 2012 as part of the annual worldwide renewal of commitment and solidarity towards activism Against Gender Violence campaign, now in its 100th year. [read more]

Women Resist Crisis and War! Fight for National and Social Liberation!
International Women's Day Statement
8 March 2012
International Women's Alliance

The current economic and financial crises of the crumbling capitalist system hit women the hardest. The economic and ecological repercussions of these crises increased the vulnerability of women to the different forms of oppression, discrimination and violence inside and outside the home. [read more]

Oral Statement to be Delivered to the General Discussion
The 56th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
5 March 2012

Thank you for this opportunity to participate in the General Discussion and address the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. We, nine rural and indigenous women from Southeast and East Asia are here for the first time to voice out our concerns and recommendations to the CSW. [read more]

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development: NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
5 March 2012

This statement is on behalf of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), representing rural women, including indigenous women from over 25 countries in the region. As part of the APWLD delegation of nine rural women, first time attending the CSW, I'd like to voice out our concerns and recommendations to the CSW. [read more]

Tribunal verdict vs. 6 agrochemical TNCs hailed, urgent action on recommendations urged
PAN International
7 December 2011

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International hailed the verdict of the Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) against the world's six largest agrochemical companies Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow Chemical, DuPont and BASF after a historic four-day session that culminated in Bangalore, India yesterday. [read more]

[URGENT ACTION] India: three men face imminent execution
Two Sri Lankans and an Indian national convicted for the assassination of India's former Prime Minister , Rajiv Gandhi, are facing imminent execution in Vellore prison in Tamil Nadu, India. This follows the rejection of their mercy petitions by the President of India. If carried out, these would be the first executions in India since 2004. [read more]

Struggle of BTL farmers gains international support
22 June 2011
AMIHAN Northern Mindanao

Solidarity messages from various international groups poured for the Buffalo-Tamaraw-Limus farmers as Hunglos Solidarity Mission kicks off today. These messages generally supported the on-going protest of the BTL farmers to contest the Central Mindanao University claim over 400 hectares of land in Maramag, Bukidnon. [read more]

In response to CMU's lies
19 June 2011

WE ARE NOT SQUATTERS! In contrast to the statements of Central Mindanao University, we have every right to claim the land as our own. The 400 hectares of land is where we have founded our homes and livelihood. [read more]

Defend Agrarian Rights, Uphold Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms!
14 June 2011
AMIHAN Northern Mindanao

The administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino III seriously puts into doubt the respect for human rights of the farmers in the country. Aquino III is heir to the vast Hacienda Luisita Incorporated landholdings where, in 2004, 14 farmer leaders were massacred in front of its gates for protesting a bogus land distribution scheme that virtually dodges coverage from former President Corazon Aquinos agrarian reform program. The now infamous Hacienda Luisita Massacre continues to hound the Aquino presidency. [read more]

CMU guards indiscriminately fired at BTL farmers protesting outside the university, 3 seriously wounded
June 14, 2011

On June 14 at around 10:30 in the morning, the kampuhan set up by the Buffalo-Tamaraw-Limus (BTL) in front of the Central Mindanao University in Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon, was dismantled by the security guards hired by the university, assaulting protesters keeping guard over their camp. [read more]

May Day is Domestic Workers’ Day
May Day Statement by Committee for Asian Women (CAW), 1 May 2011

2011 marks a historic event in the world of working women, as the International Labour Organisation prepares to adopt an international standard for domestic workers in its June conference. [read more]

Indian Rice is in Danger! Bayer: Hands off our rice!
The Tamil Nadu Women’s Forum (TNWF) joined the coalition for a “GM Free India” to say that, “we are not labrats” and joined others in exposing the University at Coimbatore for experimenting on BT corn. [read more]

TNWF Organised Seminar on Rice / Food Crisis and Livelihood
The Tamil Nadu Women's Forum (TNWF) organised a seminar on "Rice/Food Crisis and Livelihood" in continued observance of the Year of Rice Action (YORA). The event was held on 18 June 2009 at Kadambanallur, Arakkonam Taluk, Vellore District. [read more]

STOP Endosulfan! Stop Pesticides Poisonings!
Press Release by the Pesticide Action Network Asia and the PAcific (PAN AP), 3 December 2008

On the occasion of global "No Pesticides Use Day" this 3rd December 2008, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) calls for the global ban and phase out of the production and use of Endosulfan, one of the most dangerous organochlorine pesticide in the world. [read more]

‘First’ International Day of Rural Women Celebrated
Media Release by the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), 15 October 2008

The Asian Peasant Coalition today commemorates the first ever International Day of Rural Women, as established by the UN General Assembly declared in its resolution 62/136 last December 18, 2007. The observance of this day started in 1995 by various international non-government organizations at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Since then, this day honors the integral role of women in the agricultural sector, food production and food security. [read more]

Rural and Indigenous Women Assert Food Sovereignty!
Statement by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) on "World Rural Women's Day", 15 October 2008, and "World Foodless Day", 16 October 2008

“World Rural Women’s Day” was put forward on 15 October, the eve of World Food Day, by international NGOs at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. It has been celebrated primarily by civil society, across the world for over a decade to highlight the role played by rural women in food production and food security. And 15 October 2008, the first International Day of Rural Women will be observed as established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, which recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” [read more]

Informalisation of Work through Free Trade Agreements: Eroding Labour Rights
(Committee for Asian Women (CAW), 19-20th June 2008, Bangkok Thailand

On 19-20 June 2008, Committee for Asian Women (CAW), a network of 43 women workers groups organised a Forum on EU- ASEAN FTA and NAMA in Siam Beverly Hotel, Bangkok. The speakers at the forum were Lucia V. Jayaseelan from Committee for Asian Women (CAW), Chanida Bamford from Focus on the Global South , Naty Bernardino from International Gender & Trade Network (IGTN-Asia), Melody Kemp, a Board member Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational Accident Victims (ANROAV) , Jurgette Honculada from the National Federation of Labour, Kiratngkorn Narintarakul from FTA Watch , Thailand, and Charlotte Wei from Globalisation Monitor. [read more]

International Fact Finding Mission investigated displacement and destruction of livelihoods in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh (India) due to SEZ and expansion of port
23 February 2008
Tirupati, India - An International fact-finding mission, comprising eminent civil society representatives from Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and India, visited Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh (India) and expressed great concern over the displacement and loss of livelihoods of poor and landless tribal communities in those districts due to construction of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and expansion of a Port in Krishnapatnam. 

Rural Women's SRHR: Knowing the Complexities for Strengthening Strategies
ARROWS For Change, Vol. 13 No.1 2007
Rural women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are not simple and straightforward issues that can be addressed effectively and efficiently through universal blueprints developed in urban centers. They represent a complexity and dynamism that need to be understood because strategies to address the concerned issues would have to be placed within the domain of these complexities. 

Unheard Voices - DALIT WOMEN
Even as we are in the 21st millennium, caste discrimination, an age-old practice that dehumanizes and perpetuates a cruel form of discrimination continues to be practiced. India where the practice is rampant despite the existence of a legislation to stop this, 160 million Dalits of which 49.96% are women continue to suffer discrimination. The discrimination that Dalit women are subjected to is similar to racial discrimination, where the former is discriminated and treated as untouchable due to descent, for being born into a particular community, while, the latter face discrimination due to colour. The caste system declares Dalit women as 'impure' and therefore untouchable and hence socially excluded. This is a complete negation and violation of women's human rights. [...more]

Victory over Pathway for Dalit children
It was the true story at the village of Rangapuram when the Dalit group hoisted their flag and kept Ambedkar photo in the school, the other caste reacted immediately: closed the pathway in the village. 60 Dalit children of the village have been going to school through this pathway for many years. [...more]

Save Marilou Ranario Campaign
September 26, 2007

Marilou, 35 years old, was arrested and imprisoned for the alleged murder of her female employer Najat Mahmoud Faraj Mobarak in 11 January 2005. She was sentenced to death by hanging by Kuwait’s Court of First Instance on 28 September 2005. Kuwait’s Court of Appeals upheld this sentence in February 2007. [...more]

Asia-Pacific Women's Groups Holds Consultation with the Special Rapporteur on VAW in Manila
Representatives of women's organizations and NGOs in the Asia-Pacific region met with Dr. Yakin Erturk, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (VAW) on 12-13 September 2007 in Manila to dicuss about the political economy of VAW in the Asia-Pacific as a concrete input for the Special Rapporteur's report for 2008. [...more]

Press Statement
2 August 2007, Manila, Philippines

Over the last three days, from 31 July - 2 August 2007, 52 Asian rural women in 14 countries have come together in Manila, Philippines for the Asian Rural Women's Regional Consultation, a landmark meeting organised by the Steering Committee consisting of GABRIELA Philippines, TENAGANITA Malaysia, Human Development Organisation Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Women's Forum India, All Nepal Women's Alliance, Committee for Asian Women (CAW), Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination (IMADR) and Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PAN AP). [...more]

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