My body, my rights: Indigenous women want to end patriarchy

Lima, Oct. 18 (EFE) .- Hundreds of women from indigenous communities in Latin America on Monday urged regional governments to promote public policies that guarantee their right to decide their bodies and fight to eradicate patriarchy and violence in against them.

“We are not seen as human beings, they see us as a sex object. Neither the government, nor the Church, nor civil society have the right to decide for us about our bodies, ”Lourdes Huanca, president of the National Federation of Peasant, Craft, Indigenous and Paid Women of Peru, told EFE. (Fenmucarinap).

It was one of the “strongest and most energetic” petitions in the declaration they will present to the United Nations Permanent Forum.

The statement includes the findings of the second Abya Yala Indigenous Women’s Summit, which brought together around 650 women from indigenous communities from more than ten countries in the region for five days in Lima.

The document called on the regional government to prioritize the fight against sexual, physical and psychological violence against indigenous women and the patriarchy that “kills and rapes” them.

“It is often said that it is ‘customary’ within indigenous communities for the father, uncle, brother or nephew to rape girls. It’s a violation of rights, ”Huanca told EFE.

She said summit participants pledged to demand that their respective states implement therapeutic abortion.

They also demanded that “the permanent and constant food sovereignty of all indigenous peoples” be guaranteed and that their traditional medicines be “respected and valued”.

Participants urged the Peruvian government to take indigenous and rural women into account in the second land reform that President Pedro Castillo launched on October 3.

“It must be a reform aimed at de-patriarchalization. Reform without women is not land reform, ”the document says.

They also called for a new constitution in Peru that recognizes their “identity, ancestral wisdom, cultures and rights, especially of women and youth”.

“We have learned and inspired by the constituent processes of Chile and Bolivia. The constitution must be the first step for Peru to finally overcome its historic debt to indigenous communities. “

The second Abya Yala Indigenous Women’s Summit kicked off in Lima on October 14.

About 500 indigenous women from all over Peru and 145 others from more than 10 Latin American countries participated in the event.

Abya Yala’s first summit was held in Bolivia in May last year.

A defense committee was set up during this summit to prevent violence and femicide against women.

The host associations said the idea was to organize two events per year.

Guatemala and Mexico could be the respective venues for the summits in March and October next year. EFE

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