Stand up for Women Defenders of the Amazon!

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In March 2018, Amazonian Indigenous women delivered their demands directly to Ecuador's president calling for respect for their rights and an end to Amazon oil extraction and mining on their territories. Since then, however, they are facing increased threats. Despite promising otherwise, the government has recently approved new rainforest oil and mining concessions on Indigenous territories.

Demand that President Moreno respect their rights and territories!

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President Moreno –

In March 2018, you met with a delegation of Amazonian Indigenous women and heard their personal stories about the impacts of oil drilling and mining on their lands. Yet, despite promising otherwise, your government has advanced resource extraction plans in their territories, threatening their lives and livelihoods.

I call on you to respect their rights and the demands in their declaration. As those most impacted by industrial extraction in the Amazon, women's voices must be respected. Their calls are in defense of their own lives, cultures, and the Amazon rainforest, an ecosystem that we must all protect to maintain climate stability.

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In March 2018, "Women Defenders of the Amazon Against Extraction" responded to the threats against grassroots indigenous women leaders defending rights, livelihoods, and territories with a historic march in Puyo, Ecuador on International Women's Day. Indigenous women from a dozen nationalities then held a three-day assembly to develop a 22-point declaration detailing indigenous rights violations primarily related to existing and proposed industrial extractive projects. The declaration also includes recommendations to the Ecuadorian government to take necessary corrective measures to remedy violations and implement public policies and standards for extractive projects that pose high environmental, social, and cultural impacts, where women are the first and most impacted.

A delegation of women then traveled to Quito to deliver the declaration to Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, who refused to meet with them. But they persisted. After occupying the Presidential Palace in Quito for a week, the women forced a meeting with President Moreno and other government ministers, delivering their declaration and demanding action. However, nearly a year later, their major demands have not been met despite the government's promises.

Amazonian women are calling for no expansion of existing oil or mining activity, no new exploration, respect for their rights, and an end to threats against them. They are on the front lines of resource extraction and have been targeted for raising their voices and defending their lives, lands, and cultures.

Join them in making sure their voices are heard and their demands are met!


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