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Sütsuin Jieyuu Wayúu/Force of Wayuu Women


Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 17:00 to 20:00

In Spanish. English translation will be available.

The Wayuu Indigenous People are Colombia’s largest indigenous group. They are native to the northern peninsula of Colombia -called La Guajira- and Venezuela. Jakeline Romero Epiayu is a prominent leader of the human rights organization Sütsuin Jieyuu Wayúu/Force of Wayuu Women. Since 2006, their aim is to affirm their identity and to defend the rights of their communities from the violations committed in relation to mega-projects in their territory (including the largest open pit coal mine in the Americas), forced displacement, the presence of illegal armed groups and the militarization of their territory. The organization also makes visible the disproportionate effect that the armed conflict and displacement have on women, and seeks to empower Wayuu women. Jakeline will be in conversation with Colombian human rights lawyer Nancy R. Tapias Torrado. Nancy is a PhD candidate at Oxford University (UK) on the topic of indigenous women leading the defence of human rights from the violations committed in relation to mega-projects in Latin America. Nancy R. Tapias Torrado is an academic visitor at the Acts of Listening Lab.

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