Amazon women became activists, fighters, and defenders of their lands and the planet, but also of their integrity as women. Their bodies, as well as their territory, are violated by the oil, mining, deforestation, cattle raising, single-crops, and hydroelectrics. Women and their families are displaced of their sacred territory.
In 2012, after 10 years of struggle in a judicial process against the State of the Ecuador for allowing the presence of oil companies in indigenous territory, the Interamerican Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of the Sarayaku peoples. Oil companies, under the protection of the State, had initiated seismic studies in Sarayaku territory protected by the army and the national police. The State violated the right to free, previous, and informed consultation aimed at the protection of indigenous peoples.
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