Veronica Malecdan is an activist from the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. For her, advocacy started after her experience as a migrant worker in Hong Kong, where the challenges she faced made her realize the importance of fighting injustice. After returning home, she began to fight for the rights of the Igorot Indigenous peoples of Cordillera region, who are faced with commercial mining, power plants and other hazardous development projects. As Secretary General of Innabuyog, an alliance of Indigenous women’s organizations in the region, Veronica is helping draw the connection between work to address land, food, women’s rights, militarization and violence against women. Photo credit: Urgent Action Fund