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Dismantling Patriarchy, Building Food Sovereignty

Sandra Lindberg

Thank you, Howard E., for sending this announcement my way:


WHAT: Dismantling Patriarchy, Building Food Sovereignty
Envisioning Food Sovereignty: Creativity, Resistance and Gender Justice
panel and community discussion

WHEN: Friday, March 9, 2018 6:00-8:30 p.m. CST

WHERE: Peoples Church of Chicago/La Iglesia del Pueblo de Chicago
941 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60640

The U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance will host an evening of dialogue in conjunction with International Women’s Day (March 8). Panelists Kathia Ramirez of the Farmworker Support Committee; Viviano Moreno, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization; and Lisa Griffith, Interim Executive Director, National Family Farm Coalition (member of USFSA and La Via Campesina North America); with moderator Amy Mall of Family Farm Defenders (member of USFSA and La Via Campesina North America) will discuss women’s leadership, feminism, and food sovereignty. Food sovereignty is defined as “the right of people to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.

In 2014, female farmers made up 8 percent of the global population, while male famers were 11 percent. In the U.S., people stereotypically think of farmers as white men, but that is changing, particularly among younger farmers. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the number of women in the role of “principal operator” of a farm had increased from 5 to 14 percent over the previous three decades. At the same time, both here and across the globe, women have historically been far less able to access resources and to garner the respect due to those who provide food for the community to eat.

But strong women are advocating for an end to that, along with the patriarchal attitudes that gave rise to it. Join a panel of these women to hear about and discuss the sweeping changes taking place in the United States and all over the world.

The event includes a light dinner. To RSVP visit www.facebook.com/events/148072192529229 and click on “Tickets Available.” Interested members of the media should contact John E. Peck at 608-260-0900 www.familyfarmdefenders.org