Hace unas semanas, después de bajar de Poblazón, tuvimos el primero de dos talleres con el grupo regional caucano de
El segundo taller fue con
También se compartió sobre cómo el conflicto Tecnología vs. Naturaleza está tomando los recursos de la tierra, destruyéndolos, procesándolas y vendiéndolos de vuelta a un precio más alto. Y a todo esto se le llama desarrollo. De todos los aportes, uno de los más espectaculares que compartimos en este espacio especial, fue que, las abejas con la polinización y las hormigas con el abono, son de las criaturas más importantes en el sostenimiento de la vida y la biodiversidad en
A few weeks ago, after coming down from Poblazón, we had the first of two workshops with the Ruta Pacifica de Mujeres-Regional Cauca. This first workshop was done in the conventional dynamics of a story telling that was well received by the women present, representing all sectors and communities in the region. Although there was much interaction, the most interesting contributions that were also new for us were how to rethink how the conflict is affecting women in the regions most threatened. For example, how the aerial fumigations affect women's health in ways such as abortions, fertility problems and birth of babies with deformities. There was also talk about how the spraying caused it more difficult for women find food for their families since all the edible plants die from the poison of glyphosate. A compañera of the Patía, a Afro-Andean territory in southern Cauca, said that in her region the Rusia variety of bananas is extremely important because it is the base of a sort of shake made for children. The fumigations are destroying the crop leading to the loss of their food sovereignty. The compañera also explained how the livestock for consumption of meat outside the region is a major cause of poverty that extends there.
The second workshop was with the Ruta Youth, a work of the Ruta Pacifica de Mujeres that seeks to strengthen and create sustainability for the social movement to continue its process. With this group of girls and adolescents rangign from age 12 to the mid 20s, we implemented the group work that we launched in Tierradentro. The companions of Ruta Joven provided some sharp analysis that made us question our own level of consciousness when we were younger. Of all the analysis work, most were understanding about the use of bar codes in different things, thus, are becoming products, including humans, and also about how youth are driven to consume through television, computers and video games. Another perspective was very unique on Columbus´s ships, was that the ships were like leaves that are falling to the ground, there was no way of knowing where they were going to go, get lost and how they were influenced by various factors that decided the site where they finally arrived.
It was also shared was the conflict of technology vs. nature in the taking resources of tha land, destroying tha land, processing what was exploited and selling them back at a higher price. And all this is called development. Of all the inputs, one of the most spectacular that we shared in this particular area, was that the bees with pollination and the ants with the composting, are some of the creatures of utmost importantance in sustaining of life and biodiversity on our Mother Earth. In the hive and the anthill the individuals who do this work are all female; then to reflect taht it is the work of the female insects directly responsible for the upkeep of the balance of plants and animals that humans and non-humans depend upon on this planet. It was a little reflection for the sisters and peers who do not recognize their important contributions to our communities and struggles, but also for those who do not value the work of women, youth and children.