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We Women are Water 2020: Mountain Woman in Cordillera Real

  The water supply for populations living near the glaciers of the Cordillera Real mountain range outside La Paz, Bolivia have been contaminated as a consequence of pollution and the effects of climate change. The Chacaltaya glacier, for example, melted and disappeared 10 years ago. The communities around the Huayna Potosí and Chachacomani glaciers are […]

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We, Women are Water 2020: Rebels from Bañado Sur

  In Bañado Sur on the outskirts of Asunción is the Cateura garbage dump, the largest in Paraguay. On a daily basis it receives 1500 tons of waste, and with this volume it has exceeded its capacity considerably. Uncontrolled waste, pollution, floods and precarious access to services are some of the problems facing the population […]

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We, Women are Water 2020: Women for the Rivers of Life

  Villa Montes, located in El Chaco, Bolivia, is an area known for oil and gas production, an industry that has had many costs and consequences for natural ecosystems. In particular one of the main tributaries of the great Pilcomayo River, which flows across the El Chaco plains and into Paraguay, has been contaminated by […]

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We, Women are Water 2020: Network of Community Environmentalists in El Salvador

Environmentalists in El Salvador (RACDES) fight for water across the entire country. The problem of access to drinking water previously affected mainly rural areas. However, when the new government came to power last year they sacked the technicians and engineers in charge of water purification in the Las Pavas Plant, which supplies 40 percent of […]

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We, Women are Water 2020: The Guapinol women challenging mining extractivism

  The region of Colón in Honduras hosts 11 percent of the country’s mining concessions. At the beginning of 2012, the Honduran government decided to create the Montaña de Botaderos National Park in the Guapinol region. Numerous river courses begin in this area, including the Guapinol River, which supplies water to the community of the […]

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We, Women are Water 2020: We the Challapata women resist, defending our water

In the municipality of Challapata in the Avaroa Province of the Oruro region, Bolivia, is the Tacagua freshwater dam, which is the beating heart of agricultural activity in the area, feeding more than 2,000 families. Immediately next to the dam sits Achachucani Hill, which has long been coveted by transnational companies for the rich gold […]

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We, Women are Water 2020: The El Burro wetlands in the ¨land of water¨

The city of Bogotá, with its 7.5 million inhabitants, has been built mainly on wetlands and ecological corridors. The El Burro wetland, located in the Kennedy district – which is one of the most polluted – is one of the last living spaces which purifies the water in the city. El Burro is fed by […]

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We, Women are Water 2020: Fighting the impacts of sugarcane monoculture in Honduras

  The southern wetlands of Honduras along coastal areas in the Gulf of Fonseca is the 1000th “Ramsar” site, meaning it has been recognized as a Wetland of International Importance. Within these wetlands lies the protected wildlife area Las Iguanas – Punto Condega, which consists of 4,169 hectares of wetlands and includes six coastal communities. […]

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We, Women are Water 2020: Ixquisis women defend their rivers

  The micro-region of Ixquisis, in the north of the region of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, has been inhabited by indigenous Mayan communities since ancient times. These communities have built their ways of life based on respect and care for nature, subsisting mainly on agriculture and fishing. The rivers in the micro-region have long been a source […]

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We, Women are Water 2020: OMMI provides safe water in the Paraguayan Chaco

  The Paraguayan Chaco (the western region of Paraguay) has a semi-arid climate which, aggravated by climate change, has long periods of drought from June to December in which evaporation exceeds rainfall. The only source of water for the indigenous communities of the region during this season are the “tajamares,” reservoirs formed from excavations in […]

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