Noted feminist Tatiana Calderon leads Via Campesina

Written by by Livia Ovenden, CNN Named one of Time magazine’s World’s Most Influential People of 2017, Argentine feminist Tatiana Calderon is the world’s most powerful woman outside the political sphere. In her business…

Noted feminist Tatiana Calderon leads Via Campesina

Written by by Livia Ovenden, CNN

Named one of Time magazine’s World’s Most Influential People of 2017, Argentine feminist Tatiana Calderon is the world’s most powerful woman outside the political sphere.

In her business role, Calderon is taking action as head of the powerful advocacy group La Via Campesina. The group has fought for the rights of rural female workers and represented more than 60 million people in the agribusiness sector in 2017.

“One of the biggest achievements of the year was La Via Campesina’s general victory at the international level,” Calderon says. “For the first time in 30 years, the organization took part in the UN General Assembly and used the occasion to reaffirm its overall position, and it did so in a way that showed real unity.”

Calderon says the President of Brazil Michel Temer was the unexpected “big hero” of the United Nations’ extraordinary conference on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The annual meetings of the United Nations will be convened every two years.

She says that strategy should now be expanded to include science, technology and innovation as well.

If that sounds like a heavy lift, it is. Despite inclusion as a joint Nobel Peace Prize winner with Muhammad Yunus in 2002, UNESCO has been run by male presidents for 20 years, Calderon explains.

“We decided last year that we didn’t want to wait for change in the organization and therefore created a new chapter of La Via Campesina inside UNESCO, and with it, for the first time a female head of state. And, of course, the rest of the organization is moving along.”

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