Date: Sun Mar 05 2006 - 13:15:45 EST
February 28, 2006 New book! Creating a caring economy NEW BOOK! Edited by Nina Lopez of the Global Women's Strike, which organized Nora Castañeda's US & European speaking tours in 2004 and 2005: Creating a Caring Economy - Nora Castañeda and the Women's Development Bank of Venezuela Women - the starting point of revolution in Venezuela President Chavez has said: 'To abolish poverty we must give power to the poor.' Women, who are 70% of the poor, have made themselves the starting point of change. The extraordinary Women's Development Bank (Banmujer) is part of the process of revolutionizing Venezuela's economy: promoting grassroots self-activity backed by the oil revenue. Its president, Nora Castañeda, describes how Banmujer is providing a path-breaking framework for building a movement which is 'creating an economy at the service of human beings.' She also describes what it was like during the reversal of the 2002 US-backed coup. 'Grassroots women had gained so much with the revolution that to lose it would have been unbearable. The coup was like the loss of a precious loved one: we were in mourning but ready to fight.' Castañeda is an economist - with a difference. Dedicated to grassroots women, to anti-racism and to Marx, she has been in the movement all her life. Castañeda is an advocate of Article 88 of the Bolivarian constitution which recognizes housework as an economic activity that produces wealth and welfare: 'the most important work humanity does.' As Selma James says in her introduction: 'Those of us immersed in the movement need to know how they're doing it in Venezuela so we can learn from them what we have to do wherever we are. She is a fantastic spokeswoman for the revolution and for women everywhere.' Order online: <www.allwomencount.net/Publications/Forsalepage.htm> Prices: $10 + $2 postage; £4.50 + 50p postage in the UK or £1.20 other countries; discount for 6+ copies.
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