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    An Indigenous woman walks with her daughter after participating in the commemoration of International Women's Day today in the Central Park Guatemala city. | Photo: EFE

Published 8 March 2016

On International Women's Day, La Vía Campesina will be mobilizing to strengthen the struggle and resistance against capitalism and patriarchy.

In celebration of International Women's Day, the global peasant movement, La Via Campesina (LVC) issued a call for action "against capitalist violence all over the world.”

In a statement, the group criticizes the “spread of conservative policies which constitute an attack on women’s human rights and their very lives, there is growing oppression of women by capitalism and the patriarchy around the world."

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The official press release also highlights how the conditions created by capitalism and patriarchy promote social practices that permit attacks on women — and mourned the death of Berta Cáceres, a peasant leader in Honduras who was recently assassinated.

In efforts to counter the current model of development, the organization called on concerned citizens to take action by mobilizing against the harmful effects of neoliberal and conservative economic policies.

In its press release, La Via Campesina, an organization representing over 200 million farmers and rural people worldwide, advocated for the building of a more "just society," in order to ensure gender equality and increased participation in the domestic and international political arena.

“We will continue to struggle for new gender relations within our movement, and we will continue to promote a societal model based on justice and equality,” Via Campesina added.

Initially called International Working Women’s Day, the International Day has been celebrated on March 8 since it was first held by the Socialist Party of America in 1909.

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