Summit of indigenous women leaders opens sessions in Lima, Peru |  News

Activists from the National Federation of Peasant, Artisan, Indigenous, Native and Salaried Women of Peru (Fenmucarinap) and seven other regional indigenous organizations finalize this Thursday preparations to welcome in Lima (capital) about 1,000 women leaders of indigenous peoples of Latin America, attending the II International Summit of Women of Abya Yala.


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The meeting, whose debates will take place between this Thursday and October 18, aims to advance in the protection of the rights of indigenous women and the defense of Pachamama.

In addition, topics such as climate change, the environment, gender equality and the right to live well, among others, will be examined.

The organizers have consensus on the relevance of articulating their tasks to make the problems of indigenous women visible and demand public policies from the governments that protect their rights.

In this regard, they hold the thesis that their struggle is one and includes the defense of the Pachamama, the water, the territory and the right over their bodies.

In the opinion of the president of Fenmucarinap, Lourdes Huanca, “the main objective (of the Summit) is to initiate a strong strategic alliance in Latin America to enforce our rights.”

The leader valued the importance of women integrating the instances of participation with their own agenda and having a presence in the spaces where decisions are made.

The unity in the action was also highlighted by the executive of the Confederación Sindical de Mujeres de Communities Intellectual de Bolivia (Csmcib), Angélica Ponce, who believed that it would make it possible to face, more effectively, scourges such as patriarchy and attacks by the Political right.

The results of the Summit are expected to be presented to the Permanent Forum of the United Nations (UN).

The First International Summit of Women of Abya Yala was held last May in Bolivia, when a defense committee was set up to prevent rates of violence and femicides against women.

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