5 juin 2005
San Francisco - On the occasion of World Environment Day, Spiral Muse will host an event entitled Latin American Indigenous Women's Perspectives from Community to International Organizing. In response to the political and economic forces of spreading globalization, Native peoples throughout the Americas have been refining their activism, creating networks and alliances, and affecting far-reaching international policies while still answering to their home communities. The event will begin with an opening Ceremonial Prayer led by: Omeakaehect Erick Gonzales (Kaqchikel, Maya from Guatemla). The speakers will include:
- Margarita Gutierrez, Hñañhu from Itzmiquilpan, Mexico. She is a specialist in communication, now working with the congress of Chiapas. She is also a permanent member of the Enlace Continental de Mujeres.
- Gloria Ushigua, Zápara from the Pastaza region of Ecuador. She is worked on women's issues. Her community faces problems of oil drilling in ancestral territory and language revitalization.
- Tarcila Rivera, Quechua from Ayacucho, Peru. She is the leader of the organization Chirapaq. She recently organized an international meeting of Indigenous women.
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