Rural Women Speak Out Against Food Input Subsidy Programme in the SADC Region

On the 17th of August 2017 rural women from nine SADC countries came together as the Rural Women’s Assembly to speak out against the Farmer Input Subsidy Programmes (FISPs) and the challenges they are creating for women farmers, at a time when SADC heads of state gather to discuss their plans for the future of … More Rural Women Speak Out Against Food Input Subsidy Programme in the SADC Region

STATEMENT BY THE RURAL WOMEN’S ASSEMBLY (RWA) ON MAKING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN EVERYONE’S ISSUE

18 AUGUST 2017 STATEMENT BY THE RURAL WOMEN’S ASSEMBLY (RWA) ON MAKING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN EVERYONE’S ISSUE  Violence No More! Hloniphani Imizimba Yethu! Respect our bodies! We, women from across Southern Africa – rural and urban, young and old, farmers and the unemployed – participating in the 2017 People’s Summit have converged to share and … More STATEMENT BY THE RURAL WOMEN’S ASSEMBLY (RWA) ON MAKING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN EVERYONE’S ISSUE

Mary Sikala from Zambia shares Herstory on Seeds

MS titled her story, “Background of seed”. She is a commercial farmer and uses indigenous seeds. Her story is a build up of what has been shared at the school for the past few days. The background of seeds is hundred years old. “Seeds are a living mark and it produces life”. When the green revolution … More Mary Sikala from Zambia shares Herstory on Seeds

RWA attends Workshop on Dismantling Corporate Power

On 26th-29th June 2017, the RWA attended a workshop in Maputo organised by the Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power. The main purpose of the workshop was to discuss the cases that will be presented at the People’s Tribunal at the SADC People’s Summit. The objectives of the workshop include; to analyse and construct … More RWA attends Workshop on Dismantling Corporate Power

RWA Feminist School Raises Key Issues on Exploitation of Land, Power, Control over Seeds

The Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) hosted its 3rd annual feminist school on 29 June – 5 July 2017. The theme of this year’s feminist school was Land, seeds and labour: women hold more than half the sky. One of the women who attended the feminist school reflects on the key issues that stood out for … More RWA Feminist School Raises Key Issues on Exploitation of Land, Power, Control over Seeds

RWA 3rd Annual Feminist School on  Land, seed and labour: “women hold more than half the sky”

  Southern Africa Rural Women’s Assembly 3rd Feminist School June 29th – July 5th 2017 Johannesburg, South Africa  Land, seed and labour: “women carry more than half the sky”  This is the third feminist school of the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA). The RWA is a movement of ordinary rural women from across Southern Africa that … More RWA 3rd Annual Feminist School on  Land, seed and labour: “women hold more than half the sky”

REFLECTION: Seed Sovereignty is Fundamental to Food Sovereignty

Food sovereignty is keeping the indigenous seeds from generation to generation, enough to plow, sell and share with others. Central to being food sovereign, it is important to have seed banks at household, community and national level employing indigenous practices to store and manage seeds to keep it 100% pure without chemicals. Seed policies should support indigenous seed storage and management … More REFLECTION: Seed Sovereignty is Fundamental to Food Sovereignty

RWA Interviews Mariam Mayet from African Centre for Biodiversity on the Implications of the Bayer-Monsanto Merger

The Rural Women’s Assembly interviewed Mariam Mayet from the African Centre for Biodiversity on the Bayer-Monsanto merger and the implications this will have for rural women in the region. Q: Please give us a background to the Bayer-Monsanto Merger MM: Bayer and Monsanto are major manufacturers of agrochemicals, improved and genetically modified (GM) seed. Bayer, … More RWA Interviews Mariam Mayet from African Centre for Biodiversity on the Implications of the Bayer-Monsanto Merger

Women in Work and Production in Mauritius and Southern Africa

“How do we work together and create the spaces for us women to share our know-how, our experiences in our daily struggles within this patriarchal-capitalist global society while analyzing through a political lens the whole conjunction?” “If us women do not become our own liberators and take politics back, we will keep being these invisible … More Women in Work and Production in Mauritius and Southern Africa