Women Speak: Patricia Gualinga Montalvo is Leading the Fight for Climate Justice in Ecuador
Front Line Defenders has signed onto a letter from Amazon Watch and Red Acción de la Tierra y el Clima de la Mujer (WECAN) in solidarity with human rights defender Patricia Gualinga and other Indigenous rights defenders to authorities in Ecuador.
Patricia Gualinga is an indiginous human righs defender and Foreign Relations leader of Kichwa People of Sarayaku (Pueblo Kichwa de Sarayaku), an indiginous community based in the Ecuatorian Amazon. Patricia’s leadership have help the Kichwa People of Sarayaku fight to protect the Linving Wood (Bosque Viviente) in their ancestral territory. Patricia Gualinga submitted a historic case on behalf of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku at the Interamerican System on Human Rights (IASHR) that concluded in 2012. The defender is currently working protecting the Kichwa People of Sarayaku from other threats, such as the oil extractive projects by Chinnese companies in their land, and the long conflict over the Sacred Bobonaza River explotation. She is recognized nationally and internationally for defending the rights of indigenous peoples against oil companies and for amplifying the call to keep fossil fuels in the Amazon’s ground.