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Four woman human rights defenders expose risks faced to protect lands against corporate exploitation at Indigenous consortium webinar

'Webinar recap: Indigenous women at risk for defending their lands, rights and dignity', 24 March 2021

[T]he webinar “Women at the Frontline: Indigenous Women at risk for defending their lands, rights and dignity” ... featured four courageous Indigenous women from the Philippines, Cameroon, Ecuador, and Guatemala to share their stories of resilience and resistance in leading the fight for land rights and self-determination in their respective communities. Sarah “Bestang” Dekdeken, a Kankanaey-Igorot from Cordillera, Philippines, detailed how the government through the combined forces of Philippine police and military have been attacking her organization, the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA), and its leaders for defending Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories, and resources in the region... Philippine police attacks CPA through criminalizing its leaders. Fabricated charges were filed against CPA leaders like Sarah, who sits as the secretary general, and Windel Bolinget, CPA chairperson... Aye Helen, a Baka Indigenous person from Cameroon, shared the difficulties that she and other Indigenous and human rights defenders are facing as they defend their lands from logging companies... Patricia Gualinga , an Indigenous woman leader from ... the Ecuador Amazon region, revealed that while Sarayaku’s victory against a foreign oil company that was allowed to encroach on their ancestral lands for decades was recognized globally, the Ecuadorian government has not done much to implement the sentence... Lolita Chávez Ixcaquic, a Maya K’iché community leader from Guatemala [...has been...] criminalized [...based on...] false accusations thrown at her by the Guatemalan government and companies...