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

Women say NO to violent extractives and pesticides

In February, during the Alternative Mining Indaba, the People’s Dialogue and WoMin organised a public meeting where rural women spoke out about the condition that they live and work under. Rural women working in the agricultural sector and rural women affected by mining have shared powerful testimonies about the structural and physical violence they experience … More Women say NO to violent extractives and pesticides

The earth system in crisis

We are currently in a situation of rapidly worsening planetary emergency, with climate change deteriorating and ecological boundaries exceeding thresholds. While the COP22 was being held last year the World Meteorological Organization reported that global average temperatures have risen to about 1.2°C above preindustrial levels, dangerously close to the initial 1.5°C boundary set by the … More The earth system in crisis

Searching for a New Left: Perspectives and Strategies

New Politics Conference on the “Crisis of Politics and the Politics of Crisis”. A compelling international conference where 60 activists from around the world (except from Asia, regrettably) converged to develop new left thinking and strategies in the search for a new emancipatory politics. There was robust debate on a number of important issues with a number of important questions asked that we … More Searching for a New Left: Perspectives and Strategies

Extractivism: The crisis of civilisation

Extractivism is a violent, disruptive form of accumulation – it has destroyed previous modes of production with millions of people being deprived of land, water and their modes of subsistence. These were among the observations made by participants at a People’s Dialogue seminar focussing on exctractivism as a mode of capital accumulation. The two-day event, … More Extractivism: The crisis of civilisation

We need to campaign against transnational corporations

Over 60 grassroots activists gathered in Cape Town on February 8 for a two hour information session about the campaign against Trans-National Corporations (TNC). The event was organised by the Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, a regional chapter of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, Stop Impunity and Reclaim Peoples’ Sovereignty. During … More We need to campaign against transnational corporations