Under the slogan “Communities and peoples resist, debate and propose against mining, hydrocarbons and extractivism”, the National Congress of peasant communities affected by this aggressive industry took place.
During the days of September 24-26, the leaders who convened Congress debated
and formulated proposals for laws which integrate the cosmovision of peoples, the demands of communities and guarantee the rights of women.
The debates were structured around 9 thematic axes, with the support of brothers and sisters from Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia, to bring their contribution from the experience of their respective countries.
Of particular note is the participation of Sister Blanquita Chancosa, historical indigenous leader of Kichwa-Otavalo nationality and regional reference in the defense of women’s rights, particularly in Ecuador.
Proposals prioritized by local authorities
– For change from bottom to top.
– Formulate and implement a new law to regulate and sanction mining, to be built with the people and to respect the decision-making rights of our communities.
– We are committed to a new multinational, joint, sovereign, ecological and diverse constituent assembly.
– To ensure the good life of women, our peoples in harmony with nature, where the new rules of the game in our country are created at the base with a popular feminist power, it will be women and various peoples who will lead these changes.
– Demand rights that allow us to guarantee the Allin Kawsay,
a Quechua word from Andean wisdom which means “Live Well”, to live in harmony with Mother Nature, with others and with oneself. According to this wisdom of the Andean and Amazonian peoples, everything has life and there is an interdependence between all living beings. It is a wisdom of care, to nourish life in all its dimensions.
– From the congress of communities resistant to the impact of hydrocarbons and mines, to reassess the wisdom of good living in response to the increase in violence in the personal, social and structural spheres, to the accelerated destruction of the environment , to the challenges of globalization and the difficult coexistence between peoples and cultures.
peoples and cultures.
Women in struggle
Lourdes Contreras comments on what the process organized in recent days means for women’s collectives:
“For the diverse indigenous, indigenous, peasant, rural and young lesbian women who defend body, land, territory and life, organizing as a people is a way of life, territory and life, s’ organize as peoples and peasant communities affected by mining. and hydrocarbons is to generate popular power to promote profound changes in our territories, the weaving of the web of life that we will develop and that we will achieve through this congress.
The weaving of the web of life that we will weave and that we will achieve through this National Congress of peasant communities affected by mining, hydrocarbons and extractivism will lead us to a good life for women, our peoples and nature. .
On the other hand, we are also aware that as women, we still have a long way to go to achieve complementarity and parity within our organizations, that women’s leadership is always disadvantaged compared to that of our brothers and sisters, and that violence and violence against women remains a problem and that violence against the bodies of women as mainland is still not recognized, even by women themselves.
But of course, as our sisters of the World March of Women in the Macro North region say, continuing the stories and wisdom of our ancestors, we will continue to break the chains, and for that, have autonomous spaces as women to dialogue, reflect, question ourselves and build popular feminist community power from our different territories is the basis ”.