In light of the recent debate around the Yasuní-ITT initiative and extractive threats, women of the Amazon feel a deep urgency to come to the defense of Mother Earth. They are grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and sisters who are taking the lead in the fight against the exploitation of nature and extraction of coal and oil.
Over 60 women from the Amazon have mobilized for Life and for the Earth, marching over 250 kilometers from Puyo to Quito, Ecuador to awaken the nation's conscience and bring awareness to this threat, joined by family, friends, and members of the public. They will arrive in Quito and demand a meeting with the government with the following goals:
- Demanding respect for the autonomy of the territories of the various nations of the Ecuadorian Amazon, including protection of the Amazon's Yasuní region
- Deliver resolutions taken at the XIV Congress of GONOAE and the Meeting of Women Amazonian Indigenous Organizations for the Defense of Life, Territory and the Good Life
- Bringing light to and share their community's model of life, "Kawsak Sacha", jungle living, which respects all of nature and its guardians in a peaceful coexistence with human life in the jungle.
- Show evidence of the looting of their natural resources through the extraction that takes place within the model of capitalist accumulation.
"Our mother gave birth to us and that is why Mother Earth is sacred to us, the indigenous women," expressed Rosa Dahua, who is also marching. "We are here to defend the air, the water, the animals, the forests, all of that. That is why we march."
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