Women Constructing Autonomy

Starting Date: 02-19-2007
Starting Time: 6:30pm

1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw State University
Student Center, University Room A
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
United States
Rosario Aguilar Arguello, student activist with 'The Other'
campaign in Chiapas, Mexico, and Rachel Mehl of the Mexico
Solidarity Network will:

Discuss the leadership of women in constructing autonomy in
fair trade cooperatives.

Discuss threats to indigenous communities and small farmers
in Mexico created by the implementation of NAFTA and the
corn and coffee crises in Mexico.

Discuss the creation and history of the Zapatista movement
and the effects of the Zapatista rebellion on Chiapas and
specifically the women of Chiapas.

Fair Trade Cooperatives impart a fundamental space for women
through what has traditionally been unwaged work. Fair trade
cooperatives provide a space for women to engage in decision-making
and leadership roles, while organizing with other women.
Fair Trade allows community cooperatives to raise money to
improve living conditions for their communities, control
the production and marketing of products, construct a just
economy in which women can be central participants, and
maintain ancestral knowledge.
Geographical Scope: Metro

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