In Kichwa, an indigenous language spoken in parts of Ecuador, Pachamama (“Mother Earth”) is a unique word that represents the harmonious bond between nature and the indigenous community. This living bond promises that people will protect the water, land, air, mountains and animals. In other words, the people will faithfully protect their homeland.
For years, the indigenous communities followed their own scientific methods to confront what they had already predicted, the climate crisis. They focused on nature-based observations to save their natural resources from environmental pollution.
This valuable information has been passed from generation to generation, thanks to those who maintain the harmonious bond between humans and nature—the women of the community.
The exact number of indigenous women in Ecuador is not known. But in the last few years, their power has been amplified. The way in which social justice issues in Ecuador have been confronted has opened a wider path for more women and girls to move through their lives with support and solidarity.