/Tag: Peru


9 06, 2017

Indigenous Women Protect The Amazon Rain Forest

2017-10-14T16:08:58-04:00Tags: |

As climate change intensifies, Peru's Indigenous women are losing valuable opportunities to protect the forests due to the insufficient protection of their rights. Ketty Marcelo, a native from the Pucharini community, advocates for changing legal frameworks that discriminate against Indigenous women in Peru. Despite the fact that women play a fundamental role in the conservation of biodiversity, the national government is not doing enough to ensure women's role as the protectors of the lands that belong to Indigenous communities. In addition, a new report highlights that when women's rights are not respected within the communities, the environment can suffer. Marcelo and her peers are making their voices heard to challenge the patriarchy. Photo credit: Marco Garro/AFP/Getty Images

26 03, 2017

Making Women Proud: Rosa Palomino Chahuares And The Women Of Uma

2017-10-26T16:16:59-04:00Tags: |

Advocate for women’s and Indigenous rights, Rosa Palomino Chahuares of Peru, works as a radio-broadcaster and activist with the Network of Indigenous Communicators of Peru and UMA (Union of Aymara Women of Abya Yala) - working to protect the Aymara culture and language, and confront patriarchy in her community. Through her work with UMA’s women’s radio program, Wiñay Pankara (“always blooming”), Chahuares helps brings to light the situation and voices of Aymara women who are working for sustainability and justice in their communities. The women leaders continue to face challenges in gaining access to broadcast time and space on Peru’s national channels, but continue ceaselessly in their growing efforts. Photo credit: Rosa Palomino Chahuares

26 10, 2016

Maxima Acuña Under Attack For Her Resistance Against Mining In Peru – Interview With Sian Cowman

2017-10-26T18:01:33-04:00Tags: |

Environmental land defender Maxima Acuña faces physical attacks for her resistance against a mining company in Peru. In this interview with the Democracy Center, she explains why extractivism means more violence for women and what we can do to support vital efforts to stand with her and her colleagues and community members. Photo credit: The Democracy Center

26 10, 2016

In Peru, This Young Activist Is Sparking A Movement For Climate Justice

2017-10-26T17:59:32-04:00Tags: |

Majandra Rodriguez Acha is a young climate woman of Peru uniting urban and Indigenous communities across her country for vital dialogue and action around issues of resource extraction, Indigenous Rights violations, violence against women and the Earth, and much more. Photo credit: Global Greengrants

9 08, 2016

Ancestral Farming Techniques Resurge In Peru

2017-07-17T17:12:40-04:00Tags: |

As President of the Indigenous Women of Laramate organization in rural Peru, Magaly Garayar teaches ancestral farming techniques to combat climate change and improve food security. Through selecting healthy seeds, rotating crops to improve soil fertility, and effective irrigation, women are now seeing better yields that they sell in local markets. Through their work, the women are taking steps to combat patriarchal norms and promote women’s leadership and gender equality. Photo credit: CHIRAPAQ

14 10, 2015

Rural Peruvian Women Spur Local Dairy Industry

2017-07-17T16:49:35-04:00Tags: |

Cira Huancahuari, the President of the Association of Indigenous Women of the district Lamarate, Peru, is one of the women leaders building a sustainable local economy through an all-women’s cheese and yogurt production association. Their collective of rural women continues to grow and boost economic independence and Indigenous women’s rights across the region. Photo credit: CHIRAPAQ

13 10, 2015

How A 14-year-old girl Is Making Quechua Cool In Peru — With Lyrics From Michael Jackson

2017-09-06T21:55:56-04:00Tags: |

14-year-old Peruvian Renata Flores Rivera is revitalizing the Inca language of Quechua, one of the oldest of 47 remaining Indigenous dialects in Peru, by remixing modern pop songs with Quechua lyrics. Although Quechua is the second most spoken language in the country, younger generations have overwhelming deserted the language calling it uncool and associating it with poverty. However, Rivera’s remixes have become an international Youtube sensation inspiring the young and old in Peru to proudly reflect on and embrace their Indigenous roots. Rivera has drastically transformed locals’ relation to the language creating a new wave of Indigenous awareness and dignity. Photo credit: PRI

28 06, 2015

Women Farmers Act As Guardians Of Crop Diversity In The Andes

2017-07-19T22:02:35-04:00Tags: |

Women in the Andes are using their traditional knowledge to conserve the agricultural biodiversity of local crops such as quinoa, maize, potatoes, oca, olluco, and mashua. The case study “Women Farmers and Andean Seeds” documents how Andean women in Peru promote biodiversity while contributing to the food security of their families and communities. Photo credit: Shutterstock

19 06, 2015

Faces Of Change: Adolfina Garcia

2017-10-13T16:05:54-04:00Tags: |

Adolfina García, an Achuar Indigenous woman from the Corrientes Region of northern Peru, saw her son die due to contamination caused by the oil companies near her home. This article details how Adolfina and the leaders of five Achuar communities brought a lawsuit against Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum to demand reparations for the widespread destruction of their livelihoods. Photo credit: EarthRights International

19 12, 2014

How One Indigenous Woman Took On A Multinational Mining Corporation, And Won

2017-08-26T14:35:39-04:00Tags: |

Máxima Acuña suffered violent eviction attempts, beatings and a lengthy legal battle for four years to protect her land from a multinational coal mining corporation - and won. Acuña and her family depend on her farmland and the clean waters of Lake Laguna Azul for drinking water and crop irrigation. The Minera Yanocha and Newmont Mining corporations attempted to displace this family in order to build an open-pit mine near the lake, but Acuña courageously defended her community and the environment. Photo credit: Jorge Chávez Ortiz

30 04, 2014

The Woman Who Breaks Mega-Dams

2017-08-26T14:21:18-04:00Tags: |

Ruth Buendía Mestoquiari is an environmental rights defender who insists that the law is on her side. Invoking an International Labor Organization treaty that Peru ratified in 1994 and legislation passed in 2011, Buendía maintains that the Peruvian government must consult with Indigenous communities before launching infrastructure projects or mining concessions that will affect them, a process known as prior consultation. As the first female president of CARE, an organization which represents about 10,000 Indigenous Ashaninka in the Peruvian Amazon, she has successfully stopped the construction of two mega-dams along the Ene River. Photo credit: Goldman Environmental Prize

30 10, 2013

Maintaining The Ways Of Our Ancestors: Indigenous Women Address Food Sovereignty

2017-08-19T12:36:28-04:00Tags: |

Indigenous women like Clemencia Herrera and Andrea Carmen gathered at the World Conference of Indigenous Women, which took place in Lima, Peru, October 28-30, 2013 to share traditional knowledge, discuss common challenges and develop solutions. Their shared initiatives included solidarity markets, schools to educate Indigenous youth about traditional foodways, community organizing, and building greenhouses in the Arctic and east Africa. Photo credit: Cultural Survival

1 01, 2003

Maria Elena Foronda Farro, 2003 Goldman Prize Recipient, South and Central America

2017-10-18T11:01:16-04:00Tags: |

Peru is the world’s largest fishmeal producer, a product exported internationally to make animal feed, fertilizers and preservatives. However, the unregulated industrial production of fishmeal polluted the air and water of Chimbote, until Maria Elena Foronda Farro and her environmental group Natura petitioned the local government to impose safety regulations and standards on the industry. Because of her activism, Foronda was sentenced on false charges of terrorism to 20 years in prison, but hasn’t let that deter her from working for environmental protection in Peru. Photo credit: Goldman Environmental Prize