Second Generation Leaders

Second Generation Leaders

by Anny Andaryati North Mollo’s Mutis Mountain is the source of four major Timorese rivers, with diverse ecosystems like bonsai forests, eucalyptus woodlands and horse-grazed meadows. Ecotourism is supporting the knowledge of Timorese traditions, indigenous spirituality, guardianship of natural resources, Timorese cuisine, and tenun (handwoven textiles). In 2013, Aleta Baun won the Goldman Environment Prize which recognizes her work protecting the land, water, and livelihood on Mutis Mountain on the island of Timor in Indonesia. She invested the award’s prize…

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Angelina Aspuac, a tribute to the struggle of Guatemalan weaving women

Angelina Aspuac, a tribute to the struggle of Guatemalan weaving women

By Marta Salvador, Alba Sud The characteristic that joins the women in this article, and many others to whom we raise our voices this March 8, is their ability to constantly fight. This perseverance perfectly defines our protagonist: Angelina Aspuac. Angelina was born in 1977 into a Kaqchikel family of farmers in southern Guatemala, a small-town Santiago Sacatepéquez. Most Mayan women in this area are dedicated to the art of weaving, more specifically the waist loom. In Guatemala, this practice…

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The Women of the Hidden Valley – A Culinary Experience

The Women of the Hidden Valley – A Culinary Experience

By Elisa Spampinato This is the story of the invisible traditional communities of Brazil, hidden in the Ribeira Valley. The story of brave women, empowered by their own culinary culture. In the Ribeira Valley, an area of more than ten million square miles, there are 88 Quilombolas communities, direct descendants of the former slaves taken from Africa in the 16th century to work in the fluvial gold rush. Until now, these communities have been continuing the rich agricultural and culinary tradition of…

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Marta’s Story – Challenging Stereotypes

Marta’s Story – Challenging Stereotypes

By Marta Muslin My name is Marta Muslin and I’m a 39-year-old single mother to a 13-year-old boy. I come from Manggarai, West Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. I work as a community project manager in Labuan Bajo where I’m very active in the community serving various roles: the legal division organizer for the Manggarai Raya Travel Association (ASITA), a member of the Komodo Dive Guide Association, coordinator of the Flores Homestay Network, and the coordinator of the Indonesian Waste Platform…

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SASANE – Experiences, success and struggles

SASANE – Experiences, success and struggles

By Shyam Pokharel Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE) is a survivor-led organization that was established in 2008 under the founding principle that women survivors of human trafficking have immense potential to combat the exploitation of Nepalese women and girls and to create social change. Founded in Kathmandu and later expanding to Pokhara and ten mountain villages, the organization is based on four key and interrelated programmes: Paralegal, Sisterhood of Survivors (SOS), School Awareness, and Community Outreach. These programmes were created through…

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Evelyn’s Story – Adventure Alternative

Evelyn’s Story – Adventure Alternative

By Evelyn Muronji Walluckano My name is Evelyn Muronji Walluckano. I’ve been working in the tourism industry for nine years, after pursuing two diplomas—in food production and in tour guiding and administration. When I enrolled in college, the ratio of men to women was 4:1 in the same course but looking at the number of women doing tour guiding now, it is almost zero. In Kenya, there are less than 10 female tour guides. This is due to the old…

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