bangkok cross-movement call on addressing poverty, food sovereignty, rights to food and nutrition, and sexual and reproductive health and rights


We, cross-movement activists, advocates and representatives of 16 organisations and networks working on addressing poverty, and achieving food sovereignty, food security, rights to adequate food and nutrition, women’s rights, gender justice, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues in and across Asia, gathered in Bangkok, Thailand on 10-11 September 2013 to deliberate on the intersectionalities of our movements and issues; and to forge a strong cross-movement, intersectional analysis and approach that respects human rights, gender justice, and environmental sustainability. We believe that achieving social justice for all requires addressing issues of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, landlessness, gender inequality, their root causes, and SRHR, together.

We are faced with economic, food, fuel and climate crises, which are compounded by the current development paradigms directed by neo-liberal ideologies that has led to increased inequalities, landlessness, loss of livelihoods, poverty and hunger, especially among women. We are also confronted by policies that do not tackle the structural inequities, but instead opt for ‘quick fixes,’such as population control policies or GMOs that endanger women’s integrities and sovereignties and challenge the biodiversity and sustainability of our environments.

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