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    The women behind Baniwa Jiquitaia Pepper

    The Baniwa women of the Upper Negro River (AM) lead the production of their traditional pepper, the Baniwa Jiquitaia Pepper. Their strength was demonstrated in the inauguration of the Canadá Community House of Pepper, on the Ayari River, in May 2018. From the farming of the peppers to the labeling, filling and management of the Houses of Pepper, the work of the women underpins the production of the jiquitaia, which is growing in both domestic and international markets and helps the communities resist the threats and pressures on their land.

    Learn more about this story: http://bit.ly/2zL2A8m

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    "They've got blood on them" - Alessandra Munduruku - Munduruku People

    Alessandra Munduruku speaks about the challenges her people and the indigenous peoples of Brazil are facing.

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    Waorani, the People

    Nemonte Nenquimo is a young Waorani woman leader whose grandfather, Piyemo, was a legendary Waorani warrior who lived and hunted in what is today known as Yasuni National park. Now, Nemonte is returning to her grandfather’s homeland—a land transformed by oil companies and contamination—to bring clean water to the Waorani communities living in a dire situation along the Via Maxus oil road.

    Learn more about this initiative at https://www.giveclearwater.org/.

    Ceibo Alliance website: www.alianzaceibo.org

    Amazon Frontlines: www.amazonfrontlines.org

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    A tribute to Dona Dijé, Babassu leader in the fight for women’s land rights

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    Worth Dying For?

    Berta Cáceres, Honduras’ most well-known land and environmental campaigner, and winner of the International Goldman Prize for the Environment, was brutally murdered in her home over a year ago. More people in Honduras are killed per capita than anywhere else in the world for defending the land and over 80% of cases go unsolved.

    “Worth Dying For?” charts the extraordinary epidemic of death sweeping land rights activists in Honduras, – where more people are killed per capita than anywhere else in the world.

    Read the story here:

    http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=7934f044-f1af-424f-ba69-7cb923e66ca5

  • 7:49 Now Playing

    From Our Ancestors

    In a rapidly dwindling community forest the people of Pandumaan & Sipituhuta have put up a strong fight to stop the growth of monoculture eucalyptus plantations. But the aggressive actions of the company & its close alignment with local politicians & the police have led this struggle down a dark path – protests, intimidation, arrests & confrontations.

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    Earth Day Women's March - New York 2016

    When the Paris Agreement is being signed in the UN, Women, including indigenous leaders from Guatemala and Indonesia spoke about the need for their role to be recognised in the fight for climate change and climate justice. Organised by the Women's Global Call for Climate Justice.

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    Elements of Life for Timor People

    Mutis Mountain, an area of rich biodiversity the headwaters for all of West Timor’s major rivers, which supply drinking and irrigation water for much of the people on the island. The indigenous Mollo people’s survival is inextricably linked to these natural resources, which are considered sacred. By organizing hundreds of local villagers to peacefully occupy marble mining sites in “weaving protests,” Aleta Baun stopped the destruction of sacred forestland on Mutis Mountain on the island of Timor.

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    Brazil's Warrior Women

    The humble babassu palm provides a livelihood for communities of women across North Eastern Brazil. Bread, charcoal, oil and soap are produced from the nut and husk; the surplus is sold on. But production has not always been so peaceful. Babassu: Brazil’s Warrior Women tells the story of the hard battle to maintain these communities’ way of life. In the face of intimidation and threats from farmers for years, Babassu women have negotiated their own terms; creating a grassroots movement and establishing the ‘Free Babassu Law’ in seven states. The law gives landless coconut gatherers rights to collect from palm groves. These inspiring women are now able to plan for the long-term, diversifying their business and securing their future. They fight for their families, their forests and the Amazon as a whole.

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    When Women Fight

    A short documentary about the youth movement in Kalimantan to tackle and end of the forest fire and toxic haze that has been happening since 1997.

    A story of people struggling during the worst toxic haze in 2015 and their hope, told by a young Dayak activist based in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan.

    When Women Fight does not only tell the indigenous activists’ effort to save their forest, land and their people, but it also delivers the message of hope, love and determination to stand for what they believe.

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    Story of Embera Puberty

    Traditional puberty custom has been a rite of passage for young Emberá women but in recent years it is not being practised as often. Young women share their views on the custom and how it ties into their culture and identity. 

    Film by Ginger Sanchez

    From the youth training workshop in Panama August 2018

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    Testimonies of violence and criminalization facing Indigenous Peoples

    In March 2018, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz brought together indigenous representatives from around the world to hear their testimony on the violence and legal prosecution they face for defending their lands.

    Find out more at theyshouldhaveknownbetter.com

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    Girl besides flowers, Environmental tax to maintain forests in Costa Rica - If Not Us Then Who?

    "We are a seed" - Tonnia Fernandez Solis - Bribri people

    A few words from Tonnia Fernandez Solis. 1 minute of wisdom coming straight from the heart. Tonnia is coming from the Bribri Talamanca indigenous community in Costa Rica.

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    Guardians of the Forest - Rusmedia

    The Guardians of the Forest arrived in Berlin yesterday, meanwhile Rusmedia talks about life in North Sumatra defending their land against corporate interests.

    The Guardians of the Forest are indigenous leaders from Mesoamerica, the Amazon Basin and Brazil, Indonesia and the Congo Basin. They are travelling across Europe on their way to the UN Climate Conference in Bonn to tell the world about the situations indigenous peoples are facing and that they are the real climate solutions.

    Watch the full film here: https://ifnotusthenwho.me/films/conflict-eucalyptus-indigenous-communities-indonesia/

    Find out more about Rusmedia here: https://ifnotusthenwho.me/who/rusmedia-lumban-gaol/

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    Guardians of the Forest - Mama Do Aru, Maluku

    Mama Do from Aru, Maluku, Indonesia is part of of the Guardians of the Forest tour #COP23

    Although she is the only female champion of the tribe fighting for her customary lands, Mama Do remains strong despite continued intimidation from members of the police, criminalization, and even death threats.

    She continues to tell her story tirelessly across Europe.

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    Remembering Environment Defender Charlie Taylor

    Recalina speaks about the murder of her husband Charlie Taylor, who was killed in 2013, in Nicaragua, defending his land.

    Indigenous leaders who are on a tour of European cities on the road to Bonn #COP23 demand for a halt to the violence and criminalization of indigenous leaders and activists.

    Watch the full film:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnZ-oBAvlXA

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    Nedine Helena Sulu

    Nedine Helena Sulu, indigenous youth from Tombulu Pineleng, Minahasa. She is one of the initiators of the campaign to reject the formal education system that puts aside traditional culture.

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    If Not Us Then Who

    Diana Rios

    Diana Rios is an Ashaninka youth leader from Alto-Tamaya Saweto in the central Peruvian rainforest. In this video she speaks about the urgency of acting now while we still have forests.

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    Mara Barrigon

    Mara Barrigon is a jagua painter (traditional Embera body paint) and part of the Embera cultural collective Dji Ta Wagadi, which is working to reclaim their culture through filmmaking, storytelling, painting, language, music and dance. In this video Mara speaks about her experience in the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13 in Cancun, Mexico.

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    Dina Júc

    Dina Júc is a youth leader from the Utz Che‘ Association in Guatemala. In this video she asks the Guatemalan authorities to respect the equilibrium that their communities have with their forests and to respect their rights as indigenous people.

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    Yuam Pravia

    Yuam Pravia, Miskitu youth leader and representative of Masta Miskitu, speaks at the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13 about the importance that indigenous peoples stand united.

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    Susana Dominguez

    Susana Dominguez is an Hñahñu (Otomí) graduate of language and cultura from San Cristobal, Michoacán, Mexico. In this video she speaks from the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancún about the experience of meeting other young indigenous leaders and filmmakers, and being inspired to make films herself.

Playlist - International Women’s Day

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day we’ve curated a dedicated playlist that focus on women’s issues and the crucial role they play in defending land rights.

“Up to 2.5 billion people hold and use the world’s community lands, yet the tenure rights of women—who comprise more than half the population of the world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities—are seldom acknowledged or protected by national laws.”

Find out more in RRI’s report.

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