Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The voice of Brazilian women from the countryside and the city will be heard again here today during a march for a Brazil with popular sovereignty, democracy, justice, equality and freedom of violence.
There is no recipe for building this Marcha das Margaridas (as it is known)… what prevails is the creativity and audacity of each woman or group,’it indicates the call that suggests actions and the possible participation of 100,000 rural workers in the mobilization in Brasilia against the setbacks of the Jair Bolsonaro government.
Held every four years since 2000 in this capital, the march is defined as a broad and strategic action of women from the countryside, forests and water, aiming to gain visibility, social recognition, political and full citizenship.
They fight against all forms of exploitation, domination, violence and for women’s equality, autonomy and freedom.
In order to be broad and representative, decentralized meetings are held with various groups of women (young, old, salaried, family farmers, landless, quilombolas (Afro-Brazilian), riverside women, fisherwomen, among others).
It is essential that these meetings be very participative, by stimulating the debate on the reality that women live in the countryside, the forest and the waters in the current situation of the country and relating these issues to the character, the axes and the challenges of building the march,” reinforce the organizers.
The general coordinator of the Marcha das Margaridas 2019, María José Morais Costa, points out that thousands of women are involved in the construction of this event that began yesterday and ends this Wednesday.
It is a process of formation, mobilization and construction at the base. We define the motto, the character and the thematic axes that we will work on’, he specifies.
Margarida Maria Alves is the inspiring force of the march. A rural worker from the northeast, she managed to break the macho pattern and occupied, for 12 years, the presidency of the Rural Workers Union of Alagoa Grande, state of Paraíba (northeast).
Linked to union work, Margarida fought and encouraged her comrades to fight for their right to land, for agrarian reform.
She also wanted women to study, so she founded the Center for Education and Culture of Rural Workers. At the age of 40, on August 12, 1983, she was murdered in front of her house. Armed strangers shot her in front of her son and husband.