This Tuesday, April 21st 2015, marks the first “Marcha de Mujeres Originarias” in Buenos Aires.
The march advocating for the rights and recognition of indigenous people in Argentina will begin at one p.m at the intersection of Perú and Adolfa Alsina and is set to proceed to Congreso.
Mujeres Originarias is an indigenous women’s organization that works to establish a reciprocal relationship between the Argentine government and indigenous communities with a focus on tackling issues like discrimination, territory disputes, violations of human rights, and other topics cross listed with colonization. They claim that this country’s model [for development] “exterminated tens of thousands of indigenous people and results in our inability to know their spirituality, dances, culture, as well as destroying whole ecosystems.”
In the past ten years, protests have heightened with different groups taking stances on what they would like to see changed. Groups such as the Wichi, Toba and Mocova representatives organized a month long hunger strike in July 2006, which resulted in a new agreement to recognize local communities´ claims to over 280,000 acres of land. Other communities like the Chiriguano, Mbyá Guarani, Mapuche, Quechua and Aymara nations have lobbied for access to bilingual education.
Most recently, a child from the Qom tribe died from malnutrition and tuberculosis, sparking controversy on the continuous lack of access to basic social infrastructure like viable emergency healthcare.
However, Mujeres Orginarias aims at reclaiming their role in Argentine history by originating a new policy model that embraces diversity while focusing on social inclusion and respect for the environment. The march’s rally cry for “el buen vivir” is tied to various social problems that need to be voiced on both a federal and regional level.
The organization will be joined by community members from over 30 indigenous groups as well as local organizations such as Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo.