The webinar “Feminist grassroots perspectives on trade policy”, that was held on 30 September as part of the Geneva Trade Week, “Rethinking Trade”, is now available. The webinar is in Spanish.
- What are some perspectives from feminists, and in particular indigenous activists, on current trade policy questions?
- What changes do you propose from your communities perspective on what the WTO and your national government should enforce so trade has not any negative effects?
Edmé Domínguez Reyes is Associate Professor in Peace and Development Studies at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her first area of research and publications was on Soviet foreign policy towards Latin America. Since the beginning of the 1990s her works and publications have focused on Regionalism in the case of NAFTA and Mexico, and on gender issues related to citizenship, labour organising, transnational activism, gender consequences of free trade agreements, and international political economy. Her research on these issues has concentrated on the cases of Mexico, El Salvador and Bolivia.
Bettina Lucila Cruz Velázquez is a human rights defender and member of the Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio – APIIDTT, Oaxaca, Mexico. She belongs to several indigenous organizations of Oaxaca, and at the national level to the National Indigenous Congress, based in the South of Mexico. Bettina Lucila Cruz Velázquez is a reference in the fight against high electricity rates and against development megaprojects. She has denounced the predatory practices of large multinational energy companies such as: the Spanish company Renovalia, Gas Natural Fenosa and Gamesa; the French EDF, the Italian ENEL or the Japanese Mitsubishi. Iberdrola, which has been one of the main beneficiaries of the 1992 energy privatization law.
Lourdes Huanca Atencio is the president of Federación Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas, Artesanas, Indígenas, Nativas y Asalariadas del Perú (FENMUCARINAP), Peru. Currently it groups 126,000 thousand women organized in 19 regional organizations such as associations, federations, productive societies, unions, cooperatives, committees, among others that are located in the South, Center, North and Jungle of Peru. At the international level, FENMUCARINAP is part of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC), of La Via Campesina, and the World March of Women (WMM).
Norma Don Juan Pérez is the coordinator for Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas -CONAMI- in Mexico. As coordinator of CONAMI she is a member of ECMIA to represent indigenous women’s organizations and women members of indigenous peoples’ organizations in the countries of the Americas, bringing together 20 organizations from Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guiana, French Guiana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States.