Silvia Pérez Yescas
I have always been against injustice and oppression, which are the two things we experience the most here in the indigenous communities, so I decided to find a way to fight against this.
In 2001 Silvia Pérez Yescas founded the organisation CIARENA (Conservación, Investigación y Aprovechamiento de los Recursos Naturales), which is based in Lombardo, Oaxaca. CIARENA works to protect the rights of indigenous people, and women in particular, in the state of Oaxaca. Together with her colleagues, Silvia reports abuses committed by State forces, struggles for the right of indigenous communities opposing mega-projects, and accompanies women survivor of domestic violence. Because of her work, Silvia has been often threatened and attacked, and she suffered an attempted killing.