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Mexico - Bodies and water: women in resistance

Mexico - Bodies and water: women in resistance

“Since the beginning of 2017, the Mexican population began a battle in the fight for the defense of their right to water, because during the state government headed by Governor Francisco Arturo Vega de la Madrid, they initiated 'economic development' projects that implied in the facts the handover of the state administration to transnational companies and the promulgation of privatization laws. "

In Mexicali, the capital of Baja California, as well as in the rest of the country and the world, the developmental model is systematically violating human rights and destroying the environment.

Since the beginning of 2017, the Mexican population began a battle in the fight for the defense of their right to water, because during the state government headed by Governor Francisco Arturo Vega de la Madrid, they began “economic development” projects that involved the made the handover of the state administration to transnational companies and the promulgation of privatization laws, allowing the visibility of the government's business interests above the human right to water.

At the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, a wave of great popular indignation arose, thus giving rise to the need for organization to prevent dispossession and looting through the laws (State Water Law and Law of Public Private Associations) and a plant United States brewery that not only threatens the Baja California population, but could cause an environmental catastrophe of enormous magnitude by continuing to overexploit the Mexicali Valley aquifer.

With a clear position in favor of respecting common natural assets such as water, women in resistance have brought this concept of sovereignty to our bodies.

In our body and in our territories we feel the growing exploitation, dispossession, contamination, extraction, and all kinds of violence, here we find that patriarchy does to our bodies what capitalist economies do to our territories. we are organizing for 2 major issues: decriminalize, legalize and guarantee abortion and defend the human right to water. Why? We say: defending water is defending the right to live; and defending the right to abortion, as women that we are, supposes that we are free beings, subject to rights, autonomous with the ability to decide about our lives, it is there the meeting point of both struggles, it is about defending life, human or non-human (land, water, seeds, culture, community).

In both struggles we refuse, we reject that our body continues to be a territory of dispute, rape, discrimination, forced maternity, trafficking, etc.

We have seldom brought together these struggles, because they have taught us (conveniently) to think that there is no relationship whatsoever, as if patriarchal capitalism and its mechanisms of power did not pass through our bodies and the places we inhabit.

The understanding of the confluence between the defense of the territory and the defense of the right to decide on our bodies demands new ways of facing the extractive economic models, and enables the construction of spaces of diversity and autonomy, of new ways of life in relation to nature and those of us who depend on it Women organized in the territories in resistance, as in Mexicali today, have given ourselves the task of transcending those limits imposed by the system, those that do not allow us to see from the beginning that there is no isolated struggle , and thus our participation is increasingly active, both in resistance actions, such as sit-ins, strikes, leading the marches, carrying out work to denounce the corruption of governments, making our struggle visible in the media, conducting accompaniments in abortion despite the criminalization of the practice, participating in public forums in highly conservative contexts co As is Baja California, because we understand that sovereignty over the environment, over common natural assets in a broad sense, has direct consequences on the understanding and defense of our freedom and autonomy of our bodies: as the first territory that belongs to us , the most precious asset, the first trench of struggle.

Tania Gallaga, Red Balance, A.C.

Source: The Field Day

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