Women’s Movement in Defense of Mother Earth and Territory seeks a way to join efforts with other movements in the country and the world in defense of nature, the environment, peasants, indigenous peoples, and women who are the most affected by the violence of the capitalist system. The movement, driven by the strength and determination of indigenous and peasant women, has sought, since its inception, to transcend individual and local processes, heading towards the regional construction of the Movement to fight against all forms of violence against women and their families generated by the neo-liberal, patriarchal and neo-extractivist capitalist system — from the increase in poverty, migration and drug trafficking, to the dispossession of land by other groups, organized crime, or even sometimes by their own family members.
On October 12, 1996, in the Zocalo of the Capital in front of thousands of people, a tiny woman with a giant heart, bright eyes and a sincere gaze, dressed in a white Tsotsil huipil with red embroidery and with her face covered by a balaclava, took the microphone and pronounced an important message: “I am Comandante Ramona, of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. I am the first of many steps of the Zapatistas to Mexico City and to everywhere in in Mexico. We hope that you will all walk with us.”