Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio (APIIDTT)

Proyecto: Fortalecimiento de la soberanía alimentaria, reconstitución de la economía local y la organización comunitaria de las mujeres en el Istmo de Tehuantepec después de los sismos


Heroica Ciudad de Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca

Bettina Cruz Velázquez

In our region, Istmeña women were severely affected by the earthquake since their working tools, the traditional clay ovens, disappeared in the debris.

This is why in our project, we organize small meetings with these women to discuss their progress, concerns and ways to overcome problems.

Collective processes are based on constant dialogue, which we sustain and strengthen in order to promote participation. This tragedy brought unity; we hope this can be the beginning of a different way of organizing for women in our communities.   

Our project is born out of the belief that meaningful changes will be carried out by the people, walking together, hand in hand, unifying our voices. We, the indigenous communities, are agents of change and transformation – not charity recipients. For this reason, we organize ourselves to defend our territories and our living spaces.

After the earthquake, we heard about reconstruction from a materialistic viewpoint regarding the lack of housing, yet, if we face reality, we will realize Pachamama not only shook and shattered houses, but it also shook and shattered beliefs, truths, lies, and perspectives. Now, reconstruction calls for us to answer and solve the concerns and needs governments have ignored throughout history. The reconstruction now, in the past and in the future, has been and will be for the organization of free women and men, who pursuit a worthy life in self-determination.