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(en) "Challenges to Women's Liberation - A Look Through Women's Games in Chiapas" by Group Against the Patriarchate of the APO (gr) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:51:34 +0200

The "Challenges for Women's Liberation - A Look Through the Women's Games in Chiapas" brochure was published by the "Anticorruption Policy Team" of the Anarchist Political Organization in February 2018, ahead of March 8 and the 1st International Meeting of Athletes women calling Zapatista women from March 8 to 10 in Caracol, Morelia, Mexico. ---- Introductory note of the issue ---- It has been nearly three years since Concepción Suárez, comrade Mexican Chiapas, responded to the Assembly's call for "solidarity from anarchist, anti-authoritarian and libertarian space" to participate in the three-day solidarity events in the rebellious Zapatista communities that took place in end of spring 2015. The following suggestion is the placement of the comrade at the events that took place in Athens, Patras and Veria with the theme: "The challenges for women's liberation . A look through women's struggles in Chiapas " . The brochure "Women with Revolted Dignity" was also published within the framework of the three-day event.

The publication of this form takes place a few days before the 1st World Meeting of Fighting Women invited by the Zapatistri and will be held from 8 to 10 March in Caracol, Morelia, Mexico. We consider it important to publish this suggestion as it is, in addition to an inexhaustible source of inspiration, a valuable tool of theory and action for the struggles we give as anarchists against the state-capitalist system. It is in order that we, too, contribute to addressing the issue of gender discrimination and the necessity of women's emancipation in the public sphere as well as in organizing and highlighting the struggle of women against exploitation and repression within the imposed power model social organization.

It is indisputable that as much as modern totalitarianism deepens and the sovereign's attack on society is exacerbated, upward diffusion and reproduction within the social field of hierarchically structured relations, divisions and inequalities becomes even more intense. Thus, the expressions of patriarchy - which is one of the foundations of the world of power and a key element of its social reproduction - are increasing all the time. Why the downrooting of the bottom is a basic prerequisite for the system, since it will have a fragmented and alienated social body against its antisocial plans that will not be able to counter it.

That is why it is imperative to have contact with the processes that are being developed and struggles that break out all over the world and manage, in difficult times and in environments that are exacerbated by state and capitalist barbarism, to formulate and defend libertarian values, to promote the principles of equality and solidarity, to awaken and form consciousness in the direction of emancipation, as well as to give practical answers to the real daily needs, building a counter authoritarian social organization model that confronts every moment with the dominant system.

The position of comrade Concepción Suárez delimits patriarchy, gender discrimination and sexism by presenting the depth of female oppression and exploitation in connection with Mexico's history, western colonialism, neoliberalism. So the Zapatista women's struggle is indissolubly linked to the struggle of indigenous peoples against the Mexican state, with the rebellion in 1994, with the building of autonomy from then until today. Every step towards the female emancipation becomes totally perceived as it falls within the context in which it takes place. From the initial stage of recognition of the special circumstances experienced as women, the way they are organized, the determination of claims,

Positioning also affects all the dilemmas and dangers encountered when involved in the race. The risk of women's struggle and the criticism of feminism, which is limited to the institutionalization of demands, but which have as a result assimilation and integration into the capitalist way of organization. The criticism of the partial and monothematic struggle that brings isolation from the rest of the oppressed and is not linked to the overall overthrow.

The queries and answers given by the struggling women in Chiapas are ultimately directed to the whole world of the struggle, and the tracking of their journey to this day is part of this narrative of the one, continuous war that has been declared from the top with the death, destruction, plundering and humiliation of the poor, oppressed, women and men from end to end all over the world for centuries now. And at the same time it is part of the magnificent story of the counterattack of thousands of men and women raising their stature, lifting their eyes, stamping their legs and revolting against impoverishment and submission ... It is part of that story that we will tell in the future about how many were liberated and they defeated the few, how the world of freedom, equality, dignity, justice, solidarity was built. And in this narrative, women and their struggles will go all the way, because "without women, this fight would not be for the people but for the men" because "we are struggling for a world that we all can fit" .

We greatly thank Michalis T. for the translation from Spanish and Rena that helped us in the final editing.

Group Against the Patriarchate of the APO

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