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'For A Life With Justice And Dignity': Indigenous Women's Rights And Voices In Global Context

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In South Africa, when addressing an international audience of womens rights activists, Rosalinda Santiz Diaz interwove her indigenous voice, womans voice, and cooperatives voice. Her central focus is on the we of indigenous women. Like Rosalinda, Micaela Hernández Meza has condemned violence against indigenous peoples making explicit that violence against women is expressed and practiced in economic, political, and military terms, as well as in domestic and cultural spheres. In its 2004 human rights report, Amnesty International (AI) noted that indigenous women in Mexico faced discrimination at multiple levels including cultural, economic, military, and social. Womens organizing in Chiapas is on multiple fronts: economic organizing in the cooperatives, politicalincluding marches, sit-ins, roadblocks, and resistance to electricity privatization, and symbolic resistance to government in actions like naming the time of Fox. At many points over many years of transnational solidarity work, value conflicts emerged.

Keywords: amnesty international (AI); economic development; indigenous womens rights; indigenous womens voices; Micaela Hernández Meza; Rosalinda Santiz Diaz; transnational solidarity networks



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