Posted by: wfpdc | August 2, 2011

Honduras: Rights for Indigenous Women

A three day retreat attended by hundreds of indigenous and Afro-Honduran women has concluded with the drafting of the Final Declaration of Copán Galel.  This document denounced control and exploitation of the women through capitalism, patriarchy, and racism. Seizure of natural resources, including privatization of water, was discussed. Many women noting that without control over their water, food, and environment, they are left powerless and vulnerable to exploitation.

Children also attended this event. Through songs and drawings, they discussed the problems they face. Many mentioned lack of water, or lack of clean water, as  a top priority. In their words: There are  “problems of water and electricity; there is a lot of mud and dust; but we love the flowers, fruits, animals, and trees.” They also discussed the distribution of household chores and agreed that they should be allocated equally regardless of gender.

Honduran Women at Assembly

For more information on this historic event, please see Margaret Thompson’s article here.


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