Currently the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest are in a struggle with worldwide multinational corporations that want to take over their lands for oil extraction, commercial palm oil, commercial agriculture, mining, and other massively destructive enterprises. Women leaders have taken center stage in the indigenous activism to guard the Amazon rainforest from those who would use it for profit. These women have faced down criticism, violence, and other tactics from powerful corporate and government adversaries, and they have achieved some remarkable victories. We get to know two of these women – and learn of an indigenous women’s uprising to protect Mother Earth.
Gloria Hilda Ushigua Santi, President of the Sapara Women’s Association in Ecuador
Aura Benilda Tegria, Legal Counsel to the U’wa people of Colombia