Aura Lolita Chavez
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We get a lot of strength from many principles including reciprocity (you are me and I am you) and that gives us strength as women and this connection with life and the web we have among each other…So as part of this web, we declare that we have to have territories free of companies and free of violence against women, and that empowers us so we can say we are moving towards the full meaning of life.
Aura Lolita Chávez is a leader of the Council of K'iche' People for the Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Land and Territory (Consejo de Pueblos K’iche’ por la Defensa de la Vida, Madre Naturaleza, Tierra y Territorio, CPK) of Guatemala. The CPK coordinates processes of dialogue, good faith community consultations and collective actions against the threatening expansion of mining, hydroelectric and agro-industry megaprojects in their territory.
Aura Lolita Chavez and other members of CPK have been subjected to threats and attacks for their peaceful work in defense of human rights, nature and life. One member was assassinated on June 12, 2012.