Brasilien: Moema Libera Viezzer

I feel completely committed to the transformation processes.

— Moema Libera Viezzer

Moema Viezzer (1939) is a weaver of networks, but not networks made of cotton. The networks she weaves have as raw material the transformation of relations. Change is the most important word in her dictionary. Mother of two daughters, she works for more balanced relations between women and men, between human beings and nature, between wealth and poverty. Today, she is an assessor of education for sustainability in Itaipu, one of the greatest hydroelectric power plants of the world.

The sad Brazil of 1973, gagged by military dictators, worked to persecute intelligence. Mainly, those involved with the resistance and with actions of transformation. In the Northeast of the country, young Moema Viezzer used to coordinate community health and educational projects. It was enough for her to appear in the dangerous list of the SNI (a Brazilian CIA). Her friends advised her to go into exile. Leaving Brazil was providential for a woman who was curious to discover new ways of thinking. In Mexico, she woke up to feminism and never again closed her eyes to it. When she met Bolivian Domitila Barrios de Chungura, Moema had the idea to write a book: ‘Se me deixam falar’ (Let me speak). In it, Domitila narrates the awful life conditions and the oppressive system of the Bolivian mines. The book became a classic. Making contact with the feminists, Moema realized something: “Democracy, development and peace are not possible without woman's participation. We can not have an equal planet with unequal gender relations.” With these thoughts, she came back to Brazil, in 1980, to found Rede Mulher (Women's Education Network), an NGO that became a Latin-American reference in education and qualification of women. Moema is also one of the founders of the Latin-American and Caribbean Network of Popular Education between Women (Repem). As she worked, she experimented and she articulated, Moema noticed the importance of the environment not only for humanity, but particularly for women. “A female eye overlooking social-environmental subjects is fundamental.” Today, Moema qualifies environmental educators and multiplies her own knowledge with men and women that work the land, water and with recycled materials. Moema Viezzer directs for emotional and organizational capacity to the construction of a planetary citizenship.

Rede Mulher (Women's Education Network) Latin-American and Caribbean Network of Popular Education between Women (Repem)