Women around the world are at the forefront of non-violent struggles against dams that would pollute water, destroy livelihoods and forever alter sacred landscapes. In the midst of this tireless work, it is sometimes necessary to stake a step back to share, reflect and heal. The “Rivers Of Life” breakout at the Third International Meeting of Dam-Affected People provided an opportunity for women to share stories of their resistance. Maria Chuy of from Temaca, which faces submergence by the El Zapotillo Dam, shared a powerful story of her leadership in the fight to save her home. This powerful group of activists, like Soniamara Maranho of Brazil’s Movement of Dam-Affected People, affirmed that women often face disproportionate struggles while trying to fight for their communities – yet persevere for their families and Mother Earth. Photo credit: Karen Robinson