Peacebuilding en Las Americas (PLA) expanded to Ecuador in 2018. PLA’s partners are leaders in the Andean Highlands of the indigenous Kichwa women’s organization, Jambi Mascari, who have been working with their municipality in Cotacachi on strategies to avoid deaths this year on Inti Raymi. In 2018, for the first time there were no deaths on the day of the festival.
PLA offers the members of Jambi Mascari the Basic and Advanced workshops of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) in collaboration with the Regional Foundation of Consultation on Human Rights (INREDH). Bilingual Kichwa-Spanish women are eager to be trained as facilitators in order to bring the workshops to their villages to address domestic violence and community conflicts. In particular, they want to reach youth and women in isolated rural areas who speak only Kichwa.
Jambi Mascari is the women’s branch of a confederation of 41 rural communities, the Union of Peasant and Indigenous Organizations of Cotacachi (UNORCAC).
This work in Ecuador reflects PLA´s commitment to support women’s agency, respect indigenous cultures and languages, and strengthen social movements in the region.