In the interest of understanding the experiences and perspectives of indigenous women leaders of the Amazon, we propose a conversation with 5 prominent representatives of different countries of the Amazon.

The webinar aims at discussing how they have managed to face barriers, safeguard their traditions and become leaders of indigenous organizations. 

Date: Tuesday, August 10
Time: 9:30-11:00 Lima, Bogotá, Quito, 11:30 – 1:00 Rio de Janeiro, 10:30 – 12:00 – Georgetown

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Our panelists 

Elvira Josse Ceballos

Elvira is a representative before the Political Advocacy Commission of Rural Women, Colombia. She leads social initiatives in the Alliance of Women Weavers of Life of Putumayo, and with young people in the Pacific region; She works to encourage community gardens with the victims of the 4 municipalities of Alto Putumayo, and is recognized for her efforts in peacebuilding processes.

Fany Kuiru

Fany is the Coordinator of Women, Children, Youth and Family of the OPIAC, Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon. She works for indigenous women displaced by years of conflict in Colombia, defends vulnerable populations; and she serves on the leadership team of the Corporación Mujer, Tejer y Saberes. In addition, she is a delegate of the National Commission of Indigenous Women.

Alessandra Severino da Silva Manchinery

Alessandra is a voluntary member of the Manchineri Citizen Organization (MATPHA). She was a fellow of the PET-Indigenous Communities-UFAC Tutorial Education Program. She also received a scholarship from the PIBIC / CNPq-UFAC; as well as the Technological Development Council at the Federal University of Rondônia where she served as the Indigenous Project Manager. She is a Geographer at the Federal University of Acre. 

Ruth Buendia

Ruth is President of the Central Asháninka organization of the Ene River (CARE) and is on the board of the Amazon Indigenous Organization of Peru (AIDESEP). She is recognized as a champion for the rights of indigenous peoples of Latin America and she received the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize for her work as an environmental activist defending the rainforest.

Credit: DW/J. Alonso

Sandra Tukup

Sandra is the leader of CONFENIAE, Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon. She is a Shuar leader who defends her territories from extractive interventions, and who promotes Prior Consultation with Indigenous Peoples and the development of Life Plans in her communities.


Kemly Camacho

Kemly is co-founder and general coordinator of the Sulá Batsú Cooperative, a self-managed associative company that works on the issue of digital technologies for local development and which in turn encourages, supports and promotes the development of collaborative technology-based enterprises aimed at solving social problems. She is a researcher and professor at the University of Costa Rica and the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.



Next webinar in this series:

  • September: Mentoring and Networking

Learn more and see also the summary of the first webinar with four women leaders in the environment and geospatial fields.

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About the organizers

These activities are carried out through a collaboration between SERVIR Global and SERVIR-Amazon led by Bioversity International Alliance and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and supported by researchers from Arizona State University. SERVIR is a joint development initiative of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These activities are funded through USRA grant # 80MSFC17M0022: 03605-06.