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Stand with Women of the Ecuadorian Amazon On International Women’s Day-March 8

Sapara and Kichwa women leaders of Ecuador with international allies outside of the United Nations, New York City, September 2015 – Photo: Emily Arasim

In late January 2016, the government of Ecuador signed a contract with Chinese corporation Andes Petroleum, handing over rights for oil exploration and extraction in two controversial Amazonian blocks which overlap the traditional territory of the Sápara and Kichwa peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

The new oil contract threatens irremediable environmental pollution of the worlds most biodiverse habitat; severe violation of Indigenous, community and Earth rights; and incalculable destabilization of our global climate.

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network has been in ongoing collaboration with the women of the Ecuadorian Amazon since the organizations inception. In response to dire new development, a WECAN delegation traveled to Ecuador to stand in solidarity with allies on International Women’s Day, March 8, as the women rose to denounce to the dire threats facing the living systems of the Amazon and it’s Indigenous communities as a result of the Ecuadorian governments new oil contract with Andes Petroleum.

Learn more about the WECAN Ecuador delegation, International Women's Day actions and events in Ecuador, and ongoing work to protect the Amazon and stand in solidarity with Indigneous women land defenders via our recent blog, EcoWatch article and press release.

Engage/Participate in Action from Home:

  • Show your support on social media and help us make it known that the world’s eyes are on Ecuador to cancel this latest oil contract and move towards ending oil extraction in the Amazon – Share a sample message below, or write your own statement, take a photo and add your voice on March 8


#ClimateWomen - #KeepItInTheGround - @WECAN_INTL


Suggested social media message:

- Stand w/ Indigenous women of Ecuadorian Amazon- demand cancellation of new #oil contracts. SIGN in solidarity today: goo.gl/5VBHPV

- SIGN&SHARE-#InternationalWomensDay petition calling 4 action to #KeepItInTheGround in solidarity w/ women of Amazon:goo.gl/5VBHPV

WECAN Actions/Events On The Ground In Ecuador:

  • March 8 – ‘No Extraction in the Amazon’ International Women’s Day march, forum and press conference in Puyo, Ecuador

  • March 9 – ‘Women of Ecuadorian Amazon and International Allies Stand For Protection of the Amazon Rainforest’ Event at Universidad FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador - presented in partnership with Terra Mater - to be held at 17:00 at the Biblioteca FLASCO

Gloria Ushigua, President of the Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador speaks on the situation in her homeland in Paris during COP21 climate negotiations – Photo: Emily Arasim

All questions, comments and media inquiries may be send to WECAN Communications at emily@wecaninternational.org