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Ecuadorian Women March in Defense of the Amazon
Written by Juan Arellano · Translated by Marcos Williamson On 17 October 2013 @ 12:22 pm | 1 Comment
In Breaking News, Citizen Media, Ecuador, Environment, Indigenous, Latin America, Spanish, Weblog, Women & Gender
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The Ecuadorian president's decision  to suspend the Yasuní ITT environmental plan  [en] continues to generate mobilizations  [en] and initiatives  from civil society and activists interested in the preservation of the Amazon. This time, it is the women leaders of the various communities of the Pastaza  [en] who have organized and launched a “Mobilization for Life”.
A press release from the organizers of the mobilization, which was republished in the blog Amazonian Commune Youth Organization (Organización Juvenil Comuna Amazónica), states among other things:
Hoy somos las mujeres quienes tomamos la posta en esta lucha como dadoras de vida. Somos las abuelas, madres, hijas y hermanas quienes hemos decidido salir en defensa de la vida por la femineidad que nos conecta con la fuente primordial de la existencia humana. Nosotras, desde las bases, buscamos revivir el vínculo fundamental que nos une a este vasto organismo vivo y cuyo ultraje solo ha creado situaciones de miseria para quienes vivimos en la selva.
Today it is we, the women, who take the lead in this struggle as givers of life. It is we, the grandmothers, mothers, daughters and sisters who have decided to stand up for life for the womanhood that connects us with the primordial source of human existence. We women, from the grassroots, seek to revive the fundamental link that joins us to this vast living organism, the affront to which has only created situations of misery for those of us who live in the rainforest.
Prior to the mobilization, the assembly “Women Keeping Vigil for Life” was held on October 10th and 11th in Fátima parish in the city of Puyo, to socialize the proposal of mobilization towards the city of Quito, as well as to discuss other issues. After the assembly they declared :
1. Nosotras las mujeres de las nacionalidades amazónicas nos declaramos en movilización hacia la ciudad de Quito en oposición a la explotación petrolera y demás formas extractivistas, por ser atentatorio contra toda forma de vida en nuestra región y en defensa de la vida, de nuestros territorios y de nuestros derechos.
2. Exigimos al Gobierno Nacional la no ampliación de la frontera petrolera, en el marco de la XI ronda petrolera (Ronda petrolera Centro Sur), la expansión del bloque 10, la concesión inconstitucional de los bloques 28, 78 y 86, a la empresa estatal Petroamazonas ni la explotación del parque nacional Yasuni (bloques 43 y 31).
1. We, the women of the Amazonian nationalities, declare ourselves in mobilization toward the city of Quito in opposition to oil exploitation and other extractive forms, for being prejudicial against every form of life in our region and in defense of life, of our territories and of our rights.
2. We demand that the National Government not engage in the enlargement of the oil frontier, in the context of the 11th oil round (Centro Sur oil round), the expansion of block 10, the unconstitutional concession of blocks 28, 78 and 86 to the state-owned company Petroamazonas nor the exploitation of Yasuní national park (blocks 43 and 31).
The Huangana Collective , “a channel of self-mobilization of the AMAZONIAN WOMEN of Ecuador in defense of their ancestral territories and against oil exploitation”, made the following video:
On Saturday, October 12th, the mobilization was initiated , departing from the city of Luyo and arriving at night  on the same day in Tungurahua. On Monday, the approximately 110 marching women were in  the city of Ambato, and then in  Latacunga.
Finally, on the morning of Wednesday, October 16th, the march reached the capital city of Quito, beginning their circuit  from the locality of Guajaló, in the south of the city, and finishing in Arbolito Park, in the northern part.
On Twitter, the account @Yasunidos has been one of the most active ones spreading the march and its details:
— Yasunidos (@Yasunidos) October 16, 2013 
[Photo: “Walk with us (Oct 16) Guajaló Bridge: 8:00 Arbolito Park: 12:00”]
#MujeresPorLaAmazonia  (Women for the Amazon), for your home, for your life, for the Yasuní to receive them with wide open arms!!!
Felipe Bucaram for his part made a comparison with the recent ranking of the Ecuadorian football team for the World Cup:
#MujeresPorLaAmazonia  llegan mañana a Quito a defender su tierra! Eso me da MUCHÍSIMO más orgullo que la clasificación.
— Felipe Bucaram (@felipebucaram) October 16, 2013 
Women for the Amazon arrive this morning in Quito to defend their land! This makes me MUCH more proud than classifying [to the World Cup].
Various users were tweeting photos of the route of the march on Wednesday:
— Estuardo Vera (@fotoestuardo) October 16, 2013 
in minutes a press conference will start, mobilization of women of the Amazon in defense of life
— Estuardo Vera (@fotoestuardo) October 16, 2013 
[Photo: “Only we, the WOMEN of the AMAZON RAINFOREST, know what life is in the rainforest - NO MORE OIL EXPLOITATION!”]
the atmosphere on Guajaló bridge
— MaríaMendoza (@MariaMendoza200) October 16, 2013 
Look at those faces, of courageous women, Sarayacu, who do represent me
— Diario La Hora (@lahoraecuador) October 16, 2013 
We share our photo with you. Women of the Amazon start a march.
— Andrea Grijalva O. (@andreagrijalva) October 16, 2013 
“We've got chicha, we've got corn, oil companies out of our countryCOUNTRY”, shout the Women for the Amazon
— ¡MiAU! (@Amaaranth_) October 16, 2013 
Women for the Amazon advancing towards Arbolito Park
— Diana Amores Moreno (@Diana_Amores) October 16, 2013 
“We can't let our women down… They are the protagonists of this march.”
Women living in cities also joined the march:
— ¡MiAU! (@Amaaranth_) October 16, 2013 
Thus we walk struggling, being born, growing up in the struggle!
Although one of the objectives of the march is to gain an audience with Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa and representatives of the National Assembly to deliver the manifesto to them, so far it is unknown whether such meetings will take place. Some media report that the march has impeded  vehicular traffic in some parts of the city.
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URLs in this post:
 decision: http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/08/15/notoquenelyasuni-ecuador-en-la-encrucijada-medioambiental/
 suspend the Yasuní ITT environmental plan: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/08/16/ecuadorian-president-announces-end-of-yasuni-environmental-plan/
 mobilizations: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/08/29/ecuador-rallies-in-defense-of-yasuni-national-park/
 initiatives: http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/09/06/ecuador-lanzan-yasunidos-org-en-defensa-del-yasuni/
 Pastaza: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastaza_Province
 Amazonian Commune Youth Organization : http://comunamazonica.blogspot.com/2013/10/mujeres-amazonicas-en-movilizacion-por.html
 declared: http://puyoenlinea.com/?p=7104
 The Huangana Collective: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkIlg0D9SLVZRa8gyIB26tQ/about
 was initiated: http://comunamazonica.blogspot.com/2013/10/movilizacion-de-mujeres-por-la-vida.html
 at night: http://www.elcomercio.com/pais/marcha-mujeres-amazonicas-Tungurahua-Ambato-waoranis-sapara-kichwa-shiwiar-sarayacu_0_1010299119.html
 were in: http://libreprensa.com/s/332961/La%20marcha%20de%20las%20mujeres%20amaz%C3%B3nicas%20lleg%C3%B3%20a%20Ambato#s/332961
 then in: http://www.cotopaxinoticias.com/seccion.aspx?sid=22&nid=13817
 beginning their circuit: http://www.lahora.com.ec/index.php/noticias/show/1101577980/-1/Marcha_de_mujeres_amaz%C3%B3nicas__llega_a_Quito.html#.Ul739FPFpUo
 @Yasunidos : https://twitter.com/Yasunidos/
 #MujeresPorLaAmazonia: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MujeresPorLaAmazonia&src=hash
 #Yasuni: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Yasuni&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/vgkRcZxF3z: http://t.co/vgkRcZxF3z
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/Yasunidos/statuses/390299995871539200
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/felipebucaram/statuses/390320304641564673
 @Yasunidos: https://twitter.com/Yasunidos
 pic.twitter.com/dCC53qnX3R: http://t.co/dCC53qnX3R
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/fotoestuardo/statuses/390469507723972608
 pic.twitter.com/CuUQeeW58p: http://t.co/CuUQeeW58p
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/fotoestuardo/statuses/390471045427113984
 pic.twitter.com/5jQMGmzqRw: http://t.co/5jQMGmzqRw
 @cviterigualinga: https://twitter.com/cviterigualinga
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/MariaMendoza200/statuses/390487337022394368
 #Amazonía: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Amazon%C3%ADa&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/SEm7bRRnMO: http://t.co/SEm7bRRnMO
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/lahoraecuador/statuses/390496740668755968
 @lahoraecuador: https://twitter.com/lahoraecuador
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/andreagrijalva/statuses/390507338920370176
 pic.twitter.com/7g8PdbfYgd: http://t.co/7g8PdbfYgd
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/Amaaranth_/statuses/390540140205977600
 pic.twitter.com/wSc7Ks5kQE: http://t.co/wSc7Ks5kQE
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/Diana_Amores/statuses/390568409064538112
 pic.twitter.com/sknGDvStHO: http://t.co/sknGDvStHO
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/Amaaranth_/statuses/390593873086394368
 has impeded: http://www.elcomercio.com/quito/Quito-movilidad-transitovehicular-manifestacion-policianacional_0_1012098909.html
 this set: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.625423337481174.1073741845.601440219879486&type=3
 #MujeresPorLaAmazonia: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MujeresporlaAmazonia&src=typd&f=realtime
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