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For women in Chiapas, working toward a ‘life free of violence’

Before the Zapatistas, women had no control over their lives. “They basically had to ask their husbands or their fathers for permission to leave the house. They were married very young and had children throughout their reproductive years.” Laurie Liles reports on the ongoing struggle of women in Chiapas to break the chains of patriarchy […]

The Zapatista Women’s Revolutionary Law as it is lived today

This essay on the Zapatistas’ Women’s Revolutionary Law twenty years on, draws on Zapatista women’s reflections, together with a decades-long engagement with indigenous feminism and Zapatismo. Engaging difference through respect rather than negation can also move us beyond impasses within contemporary feminism, political theory, and rights-based activism. 

Ramona-Rebel Dreamweaver

An introduction to the life of the Zapatista leader, Comandanta Ramona, using a short biography. Levels: 3-5, 6-8. Subjects: English, literacy, history, bilingual. Objectives: Learners will be introduced to biographical details of this key figure in the history of the Zapatista movement, examining her role and importance within that movement. This can also be used […]

Comandanta Ramona mural

Ramona-Rebelde Tejedora de Sueños

An introduction to the life of the Zapatista leader, Comandanta Ramona, using a short biography in Spanish. Levels: Intermediate level Spanish. Subjects: Spanish, history. Objectives: Learners will be introduced to biographical details of this key figure in the history of the Zapatista movement, examining her role and importance within that movement. Materials: ‘Ramona-Tejedora de Sueños’ […]