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"It´s our turn to speak!", under this slogan over 500 women members of Chilean organizations met this weekend at the 2nd National Congress of the National Rural and Indigenous Women Association (ANAMURI) to discuss around the political role of rural indigenous women in the countryside and agriculture in Chile and Latin America.
The opening ceremony focused around the defense of the countryside, water and seeds. Women from different Chilean peasant territories gave seeds, fruits and rural products as offerings, together with poems and the singing of Aymara soprano singer Sandra Caqueo.
“The women together will raise the flag of peasant and popular feminism and will fight for a true understanding of our concepts. Our second National Congress is based on the thoughts of the grassroots movements which have reasserted their commitment to strengthen organizations, defend peasant agriculture and the agriculture of native peoples”, were some of the ideas heard at the ceremony.
Agriculture Minister Carlos Furche participated in the event and carried a message from President Michelle Bachelet.
The images attached to this article show different moments of this 2nd Congress, from the opening ceremony, thematic workshops and the presence of children who also discussed around concepts such as food sovereignty and the presence of different authorities.
Real World Radio, through our correspondent in Santiago, Carin Emenius, is working on the materials gathered after these three days of discussions by indigenous and peasant Chilean women.
Representatives of the commission of women of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) also participated in the event.
More images available at ANAMURI´sFacebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/janekeo.enlamemoria?fref=ts)
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