Oct 12, 2011

¡Viva Mexico!: Rural Women Organise to Weather Multiple Crises

IPS ipsnews.net: "the ... rural women in Mexico, since 2008, have suffered the combined effects of the economic, food and climate crises, compounded by the spiral of drug-related violence in different regions in this Latin American country. In the face of their hardships, women have come up with ways to organise themselves to tackle the problems they face as small-scale farmers, such as collectives that defend their rights.

"Women are finding that there is less food, and of lower quality," Rosa Govela, a member of the National Network of Rural Promoters and Advisors (RedPar), told IPS ahead of the International Day of Rural Women, celebrated Saturday Oct. 15. "They have diversified their work on their plots of land and in their backyard gardens," said the rural organiser, whose group works for the rights of rural women in Mexico."

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