To celebrate March 8, women from the Landless Workers’ Movement will mobilize across Brazil

The MST will come out in defense of rural and urban workers working for agrarian reform
Women from the Landless Workers’ Movement call for a continuous mobilization for social justice. Photo: Acervo/MST

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Brasil de Fato | São Paulo

This Wednesday (6) marks the beginning of the National Day of Struggle of Landless Women 2024, which ends on Friday, March 8, the International Women’s Day of Struggle.

With the motto “We will fight! For our bodies and territories, not one less!”, the mobilizations denounce “a set of other violations, such as social inequality, hunger and poverty, all created by the commodification of life, goods and nature. We emphasize denouncing the everyday violence women face in their territories, domestic life and political life,” reads the MST in a statement.

Female landless workers will also come out in defense of rural and urban workers who are making efforts for Popular Agrarian Reform and healthy food production to fight hunger.

The MST advocates for Popular Agrarian Reform as a solution to curb violence and hunger in rural areas, to generate jobs, income and dignity. The movement also highlights the importance of acknowledging and demarcating Indigenous lands and those traditionally occupied, in addition to access to public policies.

In this sense, one of the Day’s agendas is agroecology for healthy food production, seeking environmental balance and tackling climate change. It also focuses on building a Popular Peasant Feminism as a strategy to fight patriarchy, racism and all forms of violence against the bodies-territories of women and the LGBTI+ population.

“That’s a way landless women can protest for the immediate establishment of agrarian reform and the demarcation of Indigenous and Quilombola lands, guaranteeing the integrity of communities that protect rural areas, forests and the water,” says the MST statement.

“They highlight the importance of continuous mobilization, not just on International Women’s Day, but every day, encouraging persistence in the fight for social justice, equality and dignity, with hope and determination.”

Edited by: Vivian Virissimo