International Women’s Day in Zapatista Territory

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Zapatista women at the “Comandanta Ramona” Women’s Gathering in La Garrucha, Chiapas, December 31, 2007 | Photo: Tim Russo Zapatista women at the “Comandanta Ramona” Women’s Gathering in La Garrucha, Chiapas, December 31, 2007 | Photo: Tim Russo

By: Hilary Klein | teleSUR

Women have played an important role in the EZLN, as insurgents in the rebel army, political leaders, health and education promoters, and as members of economic collectives in the development of the local and regional economy.

Before the Zapatista uprising, women in the indigenous villages of Chiapas were often forced into arranged marriages, had little access to birth control, and domestic violence was generally considered normal and acceptable. A woman could not leave the house without her husband’s permission, and women’s confinement to the private sphere translated into very limited participation in public life. This history of marginalization serves as a backdrop for the striking changes that have taken place in Zapatista territory.

Women have played an important role in the Zapatista Army of National Liberation…

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