Dora Tavera – Colombia: Your messages are like a shield

Amnesty International Canada’s Colombia campaigner Kathy Price reports on the urgent crisis facing Indigenous Women in Colombia.

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“Each sentence that you send to the government of Colombia, every letter that you send gives us strength and helps us to continue fighting for our lives. It’s like a kind of shield. The government knows you are watching what happens to us. That’s why today they are being a bit more careful. Because they know you are watching.”

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, A.I. Canada campaigner Kathy Price (left) met Dora Tavera on a recent mission to Colombia. 

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This is the heartfelt, empowering message to Amnesty Canada activists from Dora Tavera, a Pijao Indigenous woman who works with the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia. She delivers it in a moving 5-minute video recorded by Amnesty International Canada during our recent observation mission to the South American country.

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In the video, Dora speaks out courageously about the epidemic of conflict-related sexual violence against Indigenous women by all of the warring parties in Colombia, a reality that has been invisible for far too long. Given the traumatic impact on women and vulnerable Indigenous communities, this is a scourge that all who care about human rights must work to end.

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Dora’s video testimony is an important means to inspire our activism. Please share it, along with our online action. Together we truly can make a difference!

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Take action here!

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Watch Dora’s video on Youtube here:

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