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October 17, 2013
BENEFITING: Village Earth
EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2012
70 women, 5 days, 240 kilometers: Amazon Indigenous Women’s Walk to Quito
For five days, 70 indigenous women from Ecuador’s Amazon will walk from the rainforest town of Puyo to the capital Quito. Their journey will begin on October 12th. The women will walk through Shell, Rio Negro, Ambato, Banos, Latacugna, arriving in Quito on October 17th. These determined women, from the Zapara, Waorani, Shwar, Achuar, and Kichua nations, will walk 240 kilometers, from the Amazon lowlands to 9,350 feet high in the Andes.
These women will walk to Quito to protest against projects currently under development that endanger their territory, they will demand that their human rights be respected, including the right to free, prior and informed consent. They will also asked that their voice be heard and that they be included in the consultation for any activities that affect their territory. Many projects negatively affect the rainforest, and the livelihoods of these women depend on a healthy forest. The women find themselves unable to feed their family when thet have to cultivate contaminated land or when their territory is taken away from them. Most projects ignore indigenous women’s rights to participation, divide communities and weaken their social structure making them more vulnerable, while destroying the environment on which communities depend for survival.They will demand the government respect their rights, the integrity of their territories and that it considers the “life plans” (Planes de Vida) that their communities have developed in a collaborative way.
On October 12, Shwar, Huaorani, Zapara, Achuar, Kichwa women will start walking to Quito.
What these women need is logistical support for the walk: money for food and lodging along the 5 day walk. These women have the ideas, the courage and their fight, however they lack resources.
Let’s help these women get to Quito and enable them to make their voice heard. Let’s be with them every kilometer along the way, let’s feed them and let’s get them a place to sleep, this way we will enable them to defend their territory, rights and future.
Follow the Women's Walk on Maloca's website: http://malocacommunities.org/ where you will read updates and see photos taken and sent to us by the women themselves! They want you to know what they are doing!