Despite threats to her and her family, Salomé Aranda remains a fearless defender of the Amazon. © Santiago Cornejo/Amazon WatchDOWNLOAD PDF HERE
This is Salomé Aranda. She is a Kichwa leader. The Kichwa are one of the Indigenous peoples who live in the Amazon region of Ecuador.
Salomé and other Indigenous women try very hard to protect their rivers, forests and lands.
They are worried because the Amazon rainforest is vital to the survival of their people. It can be harmed when companies move in to drill for oil.
When Salomé and other Amazonian Women speak up to expose the damage caused by oil companies and try to stop them, they come under attack. Their families have suffered threats and attacks too.
The goal is to scare Amazonian Women into silence, but the women refuse to give up. That means they continue to face enormous danger.
They have asked us to join them in calling for government action to protect their lives and rights.