“Enough of Deceit and Division in Our Communities”: Women in Defence of the Land
Second Assembly of the Movement in Defence of the Land and Territory and for the participation of women in decision-making.
To the government of Mexico
To the governments of Chiapas and Oaxaca
To the organized peoples
To civil society
To the alternative media
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas; March 8th, 2016
To mark International Women’s day, the members of the Movement in Defence of the Land and Territory and for the participation and recognition of women in decision-making, gathered on 6th and 7th March in the University of the Earth, in our second assembly. We see that extractivism at the national and international level is cruelly dispossessing the people from their lands and territories, and excluding women from making decisions in regards to these problems, therefore WE AGREE:
- We condemn the cowardly murder of the compañera Berta Cáceres (human rights defender and companion of the struggle of the indigenous peoples) that occurred on 3rd March, in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras; we hold the government of that country responsible for the acts. We demand that the murderers are punished; and that guarantees are given to those in their just rights to reject the megaprojects;
- We demand respect for the right of the peoples to live on their land and territories; to their autonomy and self-determination;
- We demand the state recognise the right of women to joint ownership of the land and to the rights to make decisions over the land and territory;
- To construct and modify the ejidal rules and communal statutes so they recognize the right of the women to be co-owners of the land, to participate in assemblies and to decide over their territory in equality with men;
- To make agreements to declare our territories free of megaprojects and free of extractivist activities, and to present them before the appropriate authorities.
Because the capitalist, neoliberal, patriarchal and extractivist system has the objective of enrichment from natural resources and taking control of the lives of the people, directly affecting the women:
- We say enough of the deceit and division in our communities through programmes and government projects disguised as welfare programmes. We demand the respect of our time, bodies, economy and family
- We demand the exit of the armed forces (military, marines, police, and paramilitary groups) from our territories because we are the principal victims of the violence that they generate
- We call for an end to the imposition of programmes, projects, and government policies that violate the right to information and consultation since they do not consider our realities, needs and interests. Furthermore, these programmes condition and obligate the people in our communities to approve of their infrastructure projects
- We demand that the state complies with the obligation to guarantee and fulfil the human right to health, since hospitals, clinics, and casas de salud do not have staff who can address the particular needs of women, nor do they have medicines or medical equipment. Furthermore, under the PROSPERA programme, we are forced to undergo various medical examinations but they do not give us the results, leading us to the conclusion that they are meant only to serve an image that the state is giving that they provide healthcare, but in reality the right to sexual and reproductive health for the women is not effectively provided
- We demand the closure and departure of the extractive companies because they contaminate our springs, rivers, streams, water sources, air and crops, causing skin disease, miscarriage and infertility in women. All of these effects are under the auspices of the state, because it grants concessions and permission without considering the impact that these activities have on the environment and the lives of human beings
- We reject the privatization of social property, because we know it is the culminating point of the structural reforms led by the energy reform, so that in this way the state can privatize our communal lands, legally dispossessing the people and communities. And with no land, we would not be able to grow our food, nor plant our medicinal plants
- We demand the recognition of our participation in the struggle in defence of the land and territory and that our work be taken into account in the assembles and in all of the decision-making processes.
- We reject the power of macho men who support violence again women, which is also the result of the capitalist monster inside our hearts and our communities
- We openly oppose the commodification of life and territory and we demand the end to the repression and killing of human rights defenders and activists. We demand guarantees for the safety of our compañero Gustavo Castro and his immediate return to Mexico
- We demand that the federal government and the government of Chiapas cancel the extractive and infrastructure projects, like the highways from San Cristóbal-Palenque and San Cristóbal- Frontera Comalapa, that threaten our mother earth and the lives of men and women
- We demand that the government of Chiapas respect the autonomy of the Chimapalas and of the Ejido Tila; we also demand the cancellation of the arrest warrants that are issued in the criminal case 326/2015 against the inhabitants of the Ejido Tila
- We demand that the agrarian court, district fifty-four, resolve the case of the ejido of Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Palenque, Chiapas.
- We demand that the Federal Government immediately issue a Declaration of Gender Violence Alert for Chiapas, because femicide hasn’t stopped, and femicides keep increasing
Not One More Killing!
Berta Cáceres Lives! The Stuggle Continues!
Stop the Violence Against Women!
Stop the Mine in Chicomuselo!
Stop the Invasion of Chimalapas!
Stop the Infrastructure Projects That Affect the Indigenous Territories!
Respect for the Autonomy of the Ejido of Tila!
Respect for the Autonomy of the Chimalapas!
The Land is Not for Sale, The Women Defend it!
Movement in Defence of the Land and Territory and for the participation and recognition of women in decision-making
8th March, 2016
Translated by Palabras Rebeldes