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Asian Rural Women’s Coalition 2016

Women’s Travelling Journal

Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia

 

The Women’s Travelling Journal with the tagline Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia is a travelling journal which forms part of the global campaign to achieve food security through a more equitable and sustainable system of growing food. It is a project initiated by the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC), Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), Oxfam’s East Asia GROW Campaign and Asia Pacific Research and Resource Center for Women (ARROW).

 

This one of a kind project started as The Travelling Journal, Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia which chronicled the story of eight women from the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, China and Sri Lanka.  The travelling journal which is now available in print and online tells about the everyday journey of these Asian rural women as they struggle and face challenges caused by an increasingly broken system marked by high food prices and low income, land grabbing, climate change, and decreasing control over seeds. The Journal has become their story, their voices and their powerful medium for them to be heard by those who shape national and international policies

 

Now on its second year, the project has given birth to two more travelling journals- that on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights by 17 rural women in Southeast & East Asia (Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia), South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan), and Africa (Senegal, Mali, Benin) and the third, which is currently ongoing, that on Food Sovereignty by 45 women in seven countries in Asia.

 

The Women’s travelling journal has taken on Asia and the Pacific and Africa. With the ever-growing and ever-strengthening rural women’s solidarity alongside their struggles, it is not impossible that this journal will take on the whole world tomorrow and so will rural women’s stories and journeys.

 

Asian Rural Women’s Coalition 2016

Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia on Food Sovereignty

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In 2013, the travelling journal Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia recorded the thoughts of 8 rural women for 10 days in 8 different countries The women wrote, drew and composed poetry and songs. The journal started in March in the Philippines and travelled to Indonesia, China, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, ending its journey in August 2013 in Vietnam.

 

This year, the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC) together with Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) and Oxfam’s East Asia GROW Campaign comes up with the Women’s Travelling Journal on Food Sovereignty (WTJ Food Sov), a local travelling journal of 45 women in seven countries- Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan.

 

And like the first travelling journal, WTJ Food Sov is under ARWC’s Women! Assert our Rights to Land and Resources campaign, a platform to highlight rural women’s leadership, rights and roles in agricultural development and food security. It is a space to enrich experiences, share strategies and consolidate efforts through advocacy and grassroots work from local to global levels.

 

In this localized travelling journal, rural women identified by local partners from each of the seven countries write about their daily experiences, current problems and opinions on food sovereignty/ land and resource grabbing issues. They will also share their personal insights of their lives in their respective communities as mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and as members of their organizations.

 

WTJ Food Sov aims to (1) Document and highlight specific evidences and impacts of land and resource grabbing, e.g, hunger, poverty, climate change, on the lives of rural women, including aspects of women’s livelihood, gender relations, work burdens and coping practices (success, failures and lessons); and (2) Raise awareness to the public and inform various policy and opinion-makers, including media, highlighting the leadership, roles and assertion of rights of rural women, particularly small food producers.

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