This publication was originally published on the La Via Campesina website on November 25, 2021. You can find it HERE.
On 25th November, La Via Campesina’s global campaign to eliminate gender-based violence finds resonance in a newly launched graphic book that traces The Path of Peasant & Popular Feminism in the movement. On this day, when members of the global movement amplify our International Solidarity Actions to End Violence Against Women and Girls, this book echoes our critique and condemnation of a capitalist and patriarchal system that perpetuates these violations. At this moment, in a united voice, La Via Campesina demands justice and dignity for those affected by the violence and condemn the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators. It is time to say “enough!” to gender-based violence experienced by women, girls and non-binary genders.
The book is a vital political-pedagogical tool for training at the grassroots, regions and continents. Organized by the Women’s Articulation of La Via Campesina and beautifully illustrated by the FemGarabat Feminist Collective of the Basque Country, this book synthesis the historical struggle of peasant and indigenous women around the world.
The artists who worked on the book also expressed their support and respect for these struggles when they said, “As a feminist graphic collective, we use illustrations as a tool for transmitting ideas that we believe in and value. Through our work we had the opportunity to learn about women’s struggles from all over the world and, in that sense, working with La Vía Campesina has been a very enriching experience. It has been a pleasure to visually illustrate these diverse struggles, those in which Femgarabat firmly believes”
Twenty-eight pages of stunning illustrations reveal the role of women in the global fight for Food Sovereignty and their centrality in promoting Peasant and Popular Feminism in their territories and organizations. It also offers several testimonies of peasant leaders from across continents in implementing the Global Campaign to End Violence Against Women promoted by LVC since 2008.