Her Voz

E is for Ecuador: Women Expressing Power

Women in third-world countries have somewhat taken a back seat in their societies. The fact is just the majority of government officials and society leaders in a number of third-world countries are mostly male dominated/controlled—arguably you could say the same worldwide.

As a young woman, striving to make a social impact, I am proud to offer up stories that cut the thread of male dominated command. Nothings wrong with some male-operated societies and/or governments; lets just celebrate and give woman in power a chance be praised!

Global Voices Online featured an article about the women of the Kichwa tribe (Quichua—a long surviving indigenous Ecuadorian tribe) and their plight to rid oil companies from their homeland, instead of continuing its oil exploration. Attempting to explore 140 thousand Amazon land, also know as the Kichwa’s home, the oil companies failed each time.

Just how were these women able to stop them? One incident included15 women and children running 4 hours through the jungle yelling “anchuri, anchuri oil companies (get out).” Another tactic they used was threatening their husbands to leave and find other women on different lands, if they allow the digging.

Why though? Because the potential for cancer is higher in regions where oil drilling occurs. Contaminated water leaves the women little to very dangerous resources for bathing their children and washing clothes.

I, myself am proud of the Kichwa women for standing up to the oil companies!

Here are just a couple more inspiring stories:
The election last year of Michelle Bachelet to Chile’s presidency
Sotomayor pledges ‘fidelity to the law’
Persian Women in Power

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  1. * Red says:

    GO Kichwa women!!!

    These are some brave ladies going against some hefty odds. Kudos to them for taking a stand and protecting their homes, their families and the future.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 8 months ago
  2. * charles stogner says:

    I am writing a paper for anthropology class about the Quichwa women, of whom I am very proud. I am also an indigenous person, and victories such as this lift my spirits. I am proud of you. Keep up the good work.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago

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