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Guardians of the Amazon Rainforest – Women Rising Radio #35

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Currently the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest are in a struggle with worldwide multinational corporations that want to take over their lands for oil extraction, commercial palm oil, commercial agriculture, mining, and other massively destructive enterprises. Women leaders have taken center stage in the indigenous activism to guard the Amazon rainforest from those who would use it for profit. These women have faced down criticism, violence, and other tactics from powerful corporate and government adversaries, and they have achieved some remarkable victories. We get to know two of these women, and learn of an indigenous women’s uprising to protect Mother Earth.

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Sápara indigenous leader, Gloria Hilda Ushigua Santi, speaks out against Ecuadorian government plans to drill for oil on their Amazonian territory.

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  • Gloria Hilda Ushigua Santi, President of the Sapara Women’s Association in Ecuador
  • Aura Benilda Tegria, Legal Counsel to the U’wa people of Colombia


  • Special Episode Producer: Women Rising Radio, Lynn Feinerman
  • Host: Sandina Robbins
  • Voiceovers: Leila Salazar Lopez, Moira Birss (translations)
  • Audio Engineer: Stephanie Welch
  • Making Contact connector for this episode: Monica Lopez
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker


  • Maria de Lime Dorsey

More Information:

Articles, Audio/Video Extras :


  • The Open Veins of Latin America, by Eduardo Galeano
  • The Lost City of Z, by David Grann

Author: Radio Project

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