Peacebuilding en Las Américas – February 2019

Bilingual (Kichwa-Spanish) Women Motivated to Facilitate in Ecuador

The Regional Foundation of Consultation on Human Rights (INREDH) offered an AVP Advanced Workshop on November 23-34 with 15 women from 8 villages. All of the participants were members of Jambi Mascari, a Kichwa indigenous women´s group in Cotacachi, a town in the Andean Highlands, Ecuador.

The bilingual Kichwa-Spanish women are motivated to become facilitators because they find the AVP tools very useful. Their dream is to bring the workshops to their villages in order to address domestic violence and community conflict.

The women are already involved with the municipal government in violence prevention strategies for the biggest indigenous celebration of the year, Inti Raymi, Festival of the Sun. During this festival, men from different villages fight for control of the central plaza in Cotacachi.  For the first time ever, no deaths occurred during Inti Raymi in 2018.