Published in Vanguardia Proletaria, No. 653 from August 1 to 15, 2023. By the central organ of the Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist).
The comrades of the Women’s Movement Olga Benario were responsible for hosting, in the facilities of the UB, University of Brasilia, in the fraternal people of Brazil, around a thousand delegates from more than fourteen countries to discuss the economic, political and social situation of Latin American and Caribbean women. The Third Meeting of Women of Latin America and the Caribbean was held on July 21, 22 and 23, in which we participated with great efforts with a delegation of the Union of the Revolutionary Youth of Mexico, Union of Education Workers, General Union of Workers of Mexico and Popular Revolutionary Front.
This event welcomed the delegations with a march that started from the National Library, with slogans — for the struggle of women, emancipation, and socialism! — to the boulevard of the ministries and delivered a manifesto in which various demands and petitions were brought to the government of President Ignacio Lula da Silva, which was received by the ministers of Women, Equality and Indigenous Peoples on behalf of his government.
In the afternoon, to begin with the work agenda, the delegations presented a report on the economic, political and social context of women in each of their countries, agreeing that violence, oppression and wage exploitation are the most pressing problems experienced by women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The next day, the following topics were analyzed and debated: women and diversity, young women, experiences of struggle, organization and political participation of women, analysis of the women’s movement in Latin America and the Caribbean, women and work, women’s integral health, women and education, science and technology, women and the media, women in defense of nature and territories against the exploitation of natural resources and environmental depredation, peasant women, black women, women of original and indigenous peoples, women and their anti-imperialist struggle in defense of the sovereignty and autonomy of peoples and against imperialist wars and interventions, women and migration in Latin America and the Caribbean and women, economy and development of cities and community territories, in 16 working groups that aimed to conclude with proposals that integrate a unitary action plan and develop a unitary work agenda that contains the most heartfelt demands of women.
Thus, to end this event, on the third day, the conclusions of these working groups were presented to the plenary, which in synthesis showed that the structural violence that sustains oppression and wage exploitation keeps women in a state of submission and constant domination. Therefore it was agreed that the alternative for a deep and real change for the emancipation of women is the socialist revolution; so much so that we chanted in unison, “Proletarian women, we will leave the apron and if necessary, we will take up the rifle!” These conclusions constitute the political declaration that a representation of each country read, while denunciations and pronouncements were made against the dictatorship of the government of Dina Boluarte in Peru, of the fascism of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador, of the US imperialist economic blockade of Venezuela, and against the forced disappearance, persecution and death of social fighters in Mexico, which is the case of our comrade Tomas Martínez Pinacho, among others.
Finally, the venue of the next Meeting of Women of Latin America and the Caribbean was announced, which with much fanfare was assumed by the delegation of Argentina to carry out the Fourth Meeting, accepting the passing of the baton and encouraging the crowded attendance that they will gladly receive in 2026, to which our delegation assumed the commitment to participate, as part of the International Preparatory Committee and with the work organized to ensure a wider presence. We share the papers and documents we present, and invite you to read them here.