The Feminist Land Platform is a strategic and inclusive space for feminist organisations and leaders working on women land rights and gender justice. Their purpose is to unite and amplify voices and analyses from women struggles representing diverse constituencies, while building alliances to change and address oppressive practices and social norms for a just and equal society for all.
1- PATH OF RESISTANCE – The constituency-based organizations forming the FLP have followed their own paths of resistance against oppressive norms and a patriarchal, racist, sexist, homophobic societies. The work of the Platform will reflect the realities of communities and also the experience and knowledge that each organization has acquired over many years of work on the ground.
2- DIVERSITY is asserted and embraced because it reflects a common will and the very spirit of the FLP. It is our richness because of the geographical, cultural, linguistic differences that we all represent but which, instead of distancing us, bring us together as women and sisters with the same problems and aspirations. Our diversity is also a guarantee of representativeness and inclusiveness, far from all forms of ghettoization and sectarian stereotypes. Our diversity is a kaleidoscope of lifestyles, knowledge, experiences and strengths that can generate a positive dynamic through complementarity and exchange.
3- DIGNITY AND THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION are closely linked to land ownership for many women in the Global South. The defense of the territory is vital because the anchoring in physical and geographical space is an anchoring of historical, social, political, economic, cultural and spiritual identity, a relationship that women have always preserved and perpetuated by developing ancestral ways of life and knowledge. It is a precious heritage that we must enhance and make known by politically strengthening the feminist movements in the areas of women’s land rights (WLR) and gender justice (GJ) at all levels. A common struggle to be shared and transformed into collective action at all levels: local, regional and global.
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STRATEGIES TO SECURE THE LAND RIGHTS OF RURAL WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA
The Rural Women and Land Rights Initiative LAC (Mujer Rural y Derecho a la Tierra) is a platform of 24 grassroots organizations and social movements of peasant, indigenous and Afro-descendant, as well as feminist organizations, academia and non-governmental organizations from 12 Latin American countries «seeking rural Latin American women to achieve and exercise their rights over land and territories, protecting them from dispossession, eviction, and all kind of discrimination and violence in the short, medium, and long term«.
Extractivism, the criminalisation of human, environmental and land rights defenders, and the conservative onslaught against the gains of women’s movements have particularly limited the rights of rural, indigenous, Afro-descendant and peasant women in the region.
Faced with this scenario, the platform works around three concrete strategies:
1 – INFORMATION AND DATA:
The Initiative has contributed to the construction of a regional perspective on the situation of rural women. It’s useful for women because it allows them to learn about similar contexts and action strategies, but it’s also useful for the academia, media, intergovernmental organizations and governments at national and local levels as it provides data and recommendations toensure that “control over land, territory and the benefits derived from it are equitable between women and men” (ILC Commitment 4).
2 – PEER LEARNING
The Initiative strengthens local processes of organization and social mobilization through inter-country exchanges and actions,and builds the capacities of member organizations to accompany rural women by qualifying their demands and dialogue with governments – through communication and advocacy.
3 – COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY
Articulation with intergovernmental institutions and organizations (alliance with FAO campaign #Rural Women, Women with rights and with Oxfam Campaign WIN Defenders) in strategies that aim to «incorporate a solid gender perspective, look closely at gaps and discrimination, and promote investment required to change this situation”, following the call of attention of the United Nations Group for the Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (Commitments and route to a planet to 2030).
EXPLORE THE TOOLBOX “CAMINARIO”
The toolbox “Caminario” maps successful and innovative communication and advocacy experiences, carried out by the Mujer Rural y Derecho a la Tierra initiative. It aims to give visibility to the work of Latin American rural social organizations and to contribute to the exchange and replication of successful experiences.