“Thank you Amnesty Canada! We thank you with all our hearts on behalf of Amazonian Women. We will continue to defend our forests, our territory, our rivers. By gathering all those signatures on petitions you have supported us.”
This is the message that Kichwa Indigenous leader Salomé Aranda, Sarayaku leader Patricia Gualinga and Margoth Escobar sent us in a video (see below).
Salomé, Patricia and Margoth are leaders of a collective of more than 100 mostly Indigenous women human rights defenders called Mujeres Amazónicas, Spanish for Amazonian Women. They face threats and armed attacks against themselves and their families as they seek to stop destructive oil and mining projects in the Amazon region of Ecuador.