from the World March of Women
December 10, 2004
We women have been marching
a long time to denounce and demand an end to the oppression of women and end the domination, exploitation, egotism and unbridled quest for profit breeding injustice, war, conquest and violence.
Our feminist struggles and
those of our foremothers on every continent have forged new freedoms for us,
our daughters and sons, and all the young girls and boys who will walk the earth after us.
We are building a world
where diversity is considered an asset and individuality a source of richness;
where dialogue flourishes and where writing, song and dreams can flower. In
this world, human beings are considered one of the most precious sources of
wealth. Equality, freedom, solidarity, justice, and peace are its driving force. We have the power to create this world.
We represent over
half of humanity. We give life, we work, love, create, struggle, and have fun.
We currently accomplish most of the work essential to life and the continued
survival of humankind.Yet our
place in society continues to be undervalued.
The World March of
Women, of which we are a part, views patriarchy as the system oppressing women
and capitalism as the system that enables a minority to exploit the vast
majority of women and men.
reinforce one another. They are rooted in, and work hand in hand with, racism,
sexism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, colonialism, imperialism, slavery,
and forced labour. They breed manifold forms of fundamentalism that prevent
women and men from being free. They generate poverty and exclusion, violate the
rights of human beings, particularly women's rights, and imperil humanity and
We reject this
We propose to build
another world where exploitation, oppression, intolerance and exclusion no
longer exist, and where integrity, diversity and the rights and freedoms of all
This Charter is
based on the values of equality, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace.
1. All human beings and peoples are equal in all domains and all
societies. They have equal access to wealth, to land, decent employment, means
of production, adequate housing, a quality education, occupational training,
justice, a healthy, nutritious and sufficient diet, physical and mental health
services, old age security, a healthy environment, property, political and
decision-making functions, energy, drinking water, clean air, means of
transportation, technical knowledge and skills, information, means of
communication, recreation, culture, rest, technology, and the fruit of
2. No human condition or condition of life justifies discrimination.
3. No custom, tradition, religion, ideology, economic system or policy
justifies the inferiorization of any person or authorizes actions that
undermine human dignity, and physical and psychological integrity.
4. Women are full-fledged human beings and citizens before being spouses,
companions, wives, mothers and workers.
5. All unpaid, so-called feminine tasks related to supporting life and
social maintenance (household labour, education, caring of children and
intimates, etc.) are economic activities that create wealth and that should be
6. Trade among countries is
equitable and does not harm peoples'
7. Every person has access to a job with fair remuneration, in safe and
sanitary conditions, and in which their dignity is respected.
1. All human beings live free of all forms of violence. No human being is
the property of another. No person may be held in slavery, forced to marry,
subjected to forced labour, trafficked, sexually exploited.
2. All individuals enjoy collective and individual freedoms that guarantee
their dignity, in particular: freedom of thought, conscience, belief and
religion; freedom of expression and opinion; to express one's sexuality in a
free and responsible manner and choose the person with whom to share one's
life;freedom to vote, be elected
and participate in political life; freedom to associate, meet, unionize and
demonstrate; freedom to choose one's residence and civil status; freedom to
choose one's courses of study and choose one's profession and exercise it;
freedom to move and to be in charge of one's person and goods; freedom to
choose one's language of communication while respecting minority languages and
a society's choices concerning the language spoken at home and in the
workplace,and to be informed,
learn, discuss and gain access to information technologies.
3. Freedoms are exercised with tolerance and mutual respect and within a
democratic and participatory framework, democratically determined by the
society. They involve responsibilities and obligations towards the community.
4. Women are free to make decisions about their body, fertility and sexuality.
They have the choice about whether they will have children.
5. Democracy is rooted in freedom and equality.
1. International solidarity among individuals and peoples is promoted free
of any form of manipulation or influence.
2. All human beings are interdependent.
They share the responsibility and the intention to live together and build a
society that is generous, just and egalitarian, based on human rights; a
society free of oppression, exclusion, discrimination, intolerance and
3. Natural resources and the goods and services necessary for all persons
to live are quality public goods and services to which every individual has
equal and fair access.
4. Natural resources are administrated by the peoples living in the area,
in a manner that is respectful of the environment and promotes its preservation
5. A society's economy serves the women and men composing that society. It
is based on the production and exchange of socially useful wealth distributed
among all people, the priority of satisfying the collective needs, eliminating
poverty and ensuring the balance of collective and individual interests. It
ensures food sovereignty. It opposes the exclusive quest for profit to the
detriment of social usefulness, and the private accumulation of the means of
production, wealth, capital, land, and decision-making power by a few groups
6. The contribution of every person to society is acknowledged and paves
the way to social rights, regardless of the function held by that person.
7. Genetic modification is controlled. There are no patents on life or the
human genome. Human cloning is prohibited.
1. All human beings regardless of their country of origin, nationality and
place of residence are considered to be full-fledged citizens, with fair and
equal entitlement to human rights (social, economic, political, civil, cultural
rights, sexual, reproductive and environmental rights), within an egalitarian,
fair and genuinely democratic framework.
2. Social justice is based on the equitable redistribution of wealth to
eliminate poverty, limit wealth acquisition, and satisfy essential needs to
improve the well-being of all people.
3. The physical and moral integrity of every person is protected. Torture and humiliating and degrading
treatment are forbidden. Sexual violence, rape, female genital mutilation, violence against women, sex
trafficking and trafficking of human beings in general are considered crimes
against the person and crimes against humanity.
4. An accessible, egalitarian, effective and independent judiciary is put
5. Every individual benefits from social protection guaranteeing her or
him access to care, decent housing, education, information and security in old
age. Every individual has sufficient income to live in dignity.
6. Health and social services are public, accessible, quality and free of
includes all treatments, and services for all pandemic diseases, particularly
1. All human beings live in a peaceful world. Peace is achieved
principally as a result of: equality between women and men, social, economic,
political, legal and cultural equality, rights protection, and eradication of
poverty, ensuring that all people live in dignity and free of violence, and
that everyone has employment, enough resources to feed, house, clothe and
educate themselves, is protected in old age, and has access to health care.
2. Tolerance, dialogue and respect for diversity are foundations of peace.
3. All forms of domination, exploitation and exclusion, of one person over
another, one group over another, of a minority over a majority, of a majority
over a minority, or of one nation over another, are excluded.
4. All human beings have the right to live in a world free of war and
armed conflict, foreign occupation and military bases. No one has the right to
decide on the life or death of individuals and peoples.
5. No custom, tradition, ideology, religion, political or economic system
justifies the use of violence.
Affirmation 6. Armed
and unarmed conflicts between countries, communities and peoples are resolved
through negotiations, which bring about peaceful, just and fair solutions at
the national, regional and international levels.
This Women's Global Charter for Humanity calls
on women and men and all oppressed peoples and groups of the planet to
proclaim, individually and collectively, their power to transform the world and
radically change social structures with a view to developing relationships
based on equality, peace, freedom, solidarity and justice.
It calls on all
social movements and all forces in society to take action so that the values
promoted in this Charter can be effectively implemented and political
decision-makers adopt the measures necessary for their implementation.
It is a call to
action to change the world. The need is urgent!
No aspect of this Charter
may be interpreted or utilized to express opinions or conduct activities that
contravene the Charter's spirit. The values defended in it form a whole. They
are of equal importance, interdependent, and indivisible, and the order they
appear in the Charter is interchangeable.
What is the World March of
The World March of
Women is a movement composed of women's groups of diverse ethnic, cultural,
religious, political and class backgrounds, and
different ages and sexual orientation. Far from dividing us, this diversity
unites us in greater, more far-reaching solidarity.
In 2000, as part of
the World March of Women, we wrote a political platform containing 17 practical
demands for the elimination of poverty throughout the world, wealth sharing,
the eradication of violence against women and the respect of women's physical
and moral integrity. We transmitted these demands to the leaders of the
International Monetary Fund, World Bank and United Nations. We received not
even one concrete response. We also transmitted these demands to elected
officials and leaders in our countries.
Ever since, we have
ceaselessly continued to defend our demands. We are proposing alternatives to
build another world. We are active in the world's social movements and in our
societies. We are furthering the thinking about women's place in the world and
the place we should be occupying.
With this Women's
Global Charter for Humanity and our upcoming actions, we reaffirm that another
world is possible, a world filled with hope and life that is truly a fine place
to live. We proclaim our love of the world, its diversity and its beauty.