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Indigenous women gather for Abya Yala conference in Lima

AROUND 1,000 indigenous women have gathered in the Peruvian capital Lima, where they are discussing action to protect and advance their rights.

The second International Women’s Summit of Abya Yala brings together native leaders of Latin America from a range of organisations including the National Federation of Peasant, Artisan, Indigenous, Native and Salaried Women of Peru.

Its spokeswoman Lourdes Huanca said: “The main objective is to initiate a strong strategic alliance in Latin America to ensure that our rights are respected.”

Actions in defence of the Pachamama — the Bolivian term for mother Earth — and the right to water are being debated, along with “the scourge of the patriarchy” and the right to free and safe abortions.

The final agreements of the three-day summit, which concludes on Monday, will be presented to the Permanent Forum of the United Nations.

The first Abya Yala summit was held in Bolivia last year and formed a defence committee to prevent violence against women and femicide.

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