One Earth’s Project Marketplace funds on-the-ground climate solutions that are key to solving the climate crisis through three pillars of collective action — renewable energy, nature conservation, and regenerative agriculture.
Indigenous led-environmental monitoring and mapping is one of the most effective strategies for protecting the climate, yet Indigenous women are too often marginalized in this process. They may be sidelined by male-led Indigenous People Organizations (IPOs) and by monitoring workflows that interfere with family commitments.
Where Indigenous women monitors exist, they are usually in the minority and have to adapt to male-oriented projects. However, women hold unique territorial knowledge, and their participation in community monitoring and subsequent decision-making is key to ultimately protecting the Amazon.
It is well known that Amazonia is a cultural and biodiversity hotspot and an essential region to the health of the whole planet. For almost ten years, Digital Democracy has worked closely with Indigenous-led groups in the Amazon to support their critical efforts to protect their ancestral territories and defend vital ecosystems.
In supporting Indigenous mapping and monitoring teams, Digital Democracy has seen firsthand how important women are to these processes. Still, due to the patriarchal forces of colonization, women are often left out, especially processes using digital technologies. However, when women lead, such as the Waorani of the Pastaza, incredible results and victories can be achieved.
This project aims to acquire seed funding to gather an inaugural group of Indigenous women leaders from Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, and possibly other countries to connect, strategize and learn from one another. The gathering will strengthen participants’ roles as leaders in their communities and plant the seeds for future collaborations and cross-nation solidarity.
Specifically, the project will create a peer-supported network for 12 Indigenous Women Land defenders from at least six different communities or Indigenous Nations, thereby helping protect more than two million acres of land.
Digital Democracy will work closely with existing partners to invite women leaders from at least six Indigenous nations together in person in the cloud forest of Tarapoto, Peru, where previous international gatherings have been hosted. The team will work with women participants before the in-person meeting to design a curriculum optimized to their interests and the threats they face and bring them together for a week of learning and cross-cultural collaboration.
This project is inspired by and co-designed with the many Indigenous women Digital Democracy has worked with before, including Quechua, Kofán, Kukama, Yine, Siona, Kichwa, and Waorani. These women have expressed their desire to take more active roles in leading mapping and monitoring work in their communities to ultimately protect the Amazon for future generations.
Following the first gathering, the participants will be encouraged to take on more leadership in their communities and inform the outside world how they can continue to support this network and individual projects.