PATRICIA GUALINGA

  • California, United States

Meet Patricia Gualinga, a Kichwa leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon and one of the most courageous women Ive had the honor of meeting anywhere. Many miles up the winding Bobonaza River deep in rainforest lives Patricias community, the Kichwa people of Sarayaku. Communities only learned that their land had been opened for oil exploration when strange helicopters arrived, followed by men with guns. For years, Patricia has been on the front lines of Sarayakus struggle, a key protagonist in the recent historic indigenous rights victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and an incredible leader of a rapidly-growing movement of women defending the Amazon. We are standing up for our lives, yours, the entire world and for the lives of our future generations! The struggle is not over for the people of Sarayaku, for Patricia, or for the hundreds of women warriors mobilizing in defense of their lands and lives.

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