user preferences

Death of Pepita Carpena

category iberia | anarchist movement | news report author Wednesday June 08, 2005 18:42author by CIRA and others Report this post to the editors

The Centre International de Recherche sur l'Anarchisme (CIRA) of Marseilles sadly announced the death of Pepita Carpena in Marseilles on 5th June 2005. Pepita Carpena was involved with the Mujeres Libres (Free Women) movement.

Pepita Carpena
Pepita Carpena

Death of Pepita Carpena

The Centre International de Recherche sur l'Anarchisme (CIRA) of Marseilles sadly announced the death of Pepita Carpena in Marseilles on 5th June 2005. Pepita Carpena was involved with the Mujeres Libres (Free Women) movement.

Pepita Carpena was born in Barcelona in 1919. An anarchist worker, at an early age she took part in the Spanish Revolution in the ranks of the CNT, the Iberian Libertarian Youth Federation (FIJL) and the Mujeres Libres movement. Franco's victory forced her to go into exile. In Marseilles, she participated in the activities of the CNT and also of the CIRA, of which she was coordinator from 1988 to 1999. Her busy life as a militant was recounted in the pamphlet "Toda la vida", published in 2000 by Éditions du Monde libertaire and Alternative libertaire as part of the Graine d’ananar collection.

based on an article by CIRA(Translation by ainfos)


In order to spread their message Mujeres Libres had their own magazine and also published numerous articles in the libertarian press. Members of the organisation travelled the countryside on propaganda tours to talk to the women there and also to help establish rural collectives. Pepita Carpena spoke of her experiences:

"We would call the women together and explain to them... that there is a clearly defined role for women, that women should not lose their independence, but that a woman can be a mother and a companera at the same time... Young women would come over to me and say, "This is very interesting. What you're saying we've never heard before. It's something that we've felt, but we didn't know" ...The ideas that grabbed them the most? Talk about the power men exercised over women.. There would be a kind of uproar when you would say to them, "We cannot permit men to think themselves superior to women, that they have a right to rule over them". I think that Spanish women were waiting anxiously for that call."

From the article Free Women of Spain

author by CIRApublication date Wed Jun 08, 2005 22:54Report this post to the editors

Pepita Carpena (Josefa Carpena Amat) wrote her memoirs, "Toda una vida: vivencias", in Castilian from April 1992 to June 1993. She translated the text into French under the title "Toute une vie : mémoires", which was distributed in photocopy form in 1998. In 2000, the text was published as a 72-page booklet by les Éditions du Monde libertaire and Alternative Libertaire (Brussels) as part of the Graine d'ananar series.

Pepita participated in two collective works. In "Mujeres libres: luchadoras libertarias" (published by the Fundación Anselmo Lorenzo, 1999, 191 pages), she provided two contributions: "Vivencias" (pp. 73-78) and "Solidaridad fraterna" (pp. 79-82). This book was translated into French under the title "Mujeres libres : des femmes libertaires en lutte" (published by Los-las Solidarios-solidarias, 2000, 329 pages). In the Acts of the Barcelona symposium, "Anarquisme: exposició internacional" (published by the Fundació d'estudis llibertaris i anarco-sindicalistes, 1994, 592 pages), she contributed to the debate on Feminism/post-feminism (pp. 340-377).

There were also two articles in CIRA Marseilles Buletins: "1886. 1936 et quelques autres anniversaires" (n° 26-27, 1986, 120 pages), "Les anarchistes espagnols dans la tourmente (1939-1945)" (n°29-30, 1989, 199 pages).

Pepita Carpena appeared in two films dedicated to the Spanish Revolution, "Un autre futur" by Richard Prost (1988-1997) and "De toda la vida" by Lisa Berger and Carol Mazer (1986). Her photo was also included in "Le petit voleur" by Érick Zonca (1999).

She also worked with the Spanish and French anarchist press: Cenit, CNT, Le Combat syndicaliste, Ideas-Orto, Solidaridad obrera.

translation by ainfos

pepita2.jpg

 
This page can be viewed in
English Italiano Deutsch

Iberia | Anarchist movement | News Report | en

Tue 23 Dec, 10:48

browse text browse image

Sorry, no stories matched your search, maybe try again with different settings.

imageThe Spanish revolution and its relevance today Jul 29 by Sean Matthews 0 comments

This year marks the 76 anniversary of the ‘Spanish Civil War’ which is one of the most mis-understood conflicts in the 20th century. For some particular those wedded to a traditional view of history the war was merely between the forces of fascism and those committed to defending the democratically elected Republican Government. It is also this time of year when we will be greeted with a range of lectures and talks organised by the Communist Party inspired International Brigades Commemoration Committee across Ireland which deliberately distorts the reality of the 'civil war'. However, for anarchists nothing could be further from the truth. The social revolutionary upheaval was not just a battle against fascism but a new society in the making-libertarian communism.

imageOn the 10th Congress of the CNT Dec 21 by Manu García 0 comments

The Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) held its 10th Congress from 4th to 8th December this year in the city of Cordoba. [Castellano] [Italiano]

textPortugal: LUTA SOCIAL - three years of a project Feb 04 by "Caderno Luta Social" 0 comments

Let's have the critical intelligence to understand that it is not possible to learn from other experiences mainly in the social domain, if we do not share their constructive practices. Therefore, we appeal for cooperation and mutual aid, permanently, in our camp.
[ Ελληνικά ][ Türkçe ]

textPortugal: "Luta Social", No.14: Editorial Apr 27 by Luta Social 0 comments

We began this adventure of giving and receiving, of sharing and of exchanging just one year ago... not just between ourselves, here in the "Luta Social" Collective, but in dialogue with our readers and friends...

imageEditorial of Caderno Luta Social Nº5 ( Jan. 2010) Jan 18 0 comments

You can now download Caderno Luta Social No.5

text"Luta Social" Review: First issue now out Jan 21 0 comments

"Luta Social", the anti-authoritarian class struggle collective, is proud to announce recommencement of publication, with the first issue of "Cadernos Luta Social".

textDissolution of the Federação Anarquista Comunista de Portugal Dec 03 FACP 0 comments

The General Assembly of the Anarchist Communist Federation of Portugal (FACP) has decided to dissolve the organization.

text"Luta Social" No.27 (May 2007) out now May 23 AC-Interpro 1 comments

Another issue of the monthly bulletin supported by AC-Interpro for distribution as widely as possible!

© 2005-2014 Anarkismo.net. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Anarkismo.net. [ Disclaimer | Privacy ]