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Feminism is a way of collective struggle

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Written by: Veronica Torres, FARC-EP member

Feminism is defined as the ideology advocated by social movements in order for women to have the same rights as men. The definition of this concept has been a topic of debate by many political sectors throughout the world, and it is also one of the main topics of discussion between us, the FARC-EP guerrillas.

As a movement for social transformation that we are, we have a conceptualization based on reality as well as our own and collective constructions, because it is from our history that we understand the different tendencies and social developments.

In this sense, the feminist movement that departs from the conception of class struggle and that is framed in the defense of the rights of women on equal terms as men, is for us not only an inspiration but a guide of necessary transformations in human relations.

We consider feminism as a collective form of struggle that on the basis of the principle of equality recognizes and values ​​the differences amongst people and their own values, ​​which precisely enrich the collective and deserve the same opportunities and possibilities of opinion and decision.

This new way of looking at reality from a women’s perspective is one of the driving forces that is producing more changes in the present century as well as in the system and our social values, achieving little by little policy changes within institutions.

Internally, we have grown in the achievement of our rights and in an insurgent feminism perspective that we want to empower and transmit to Colombian society in our process of reincorporation.

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