31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #16: Berta Cáceres

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South Seattle Emerald

By Krista Lee Hanson

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll be posting one story each day of March written by local citizen journalists about a revolutionary woman from history or today who has inspired them as women.

Berta Cáceres was a Honduran environmental activist, indigenous leader of the Lenca people, mother of four, and fearless critic of the multinational corporations that seek to convert her people’s ancestral land and water into profit. She was born on March 4th, 1973, and she was assassinated just two weeks ago on March 3rd, 2016. 

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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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