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The fight for water by the mazahuas indigenous women in Mexico

Anah Copitzy Gmez, from the Mexican Social Anthropology Research Centre and Advanced Studies offered at Deusto University a talk, together with UNESCO Etxea, on the fight of the Mazahuas women.

The fight of the Mazahuas women in Mexico is due to the flooding of farming land which led to the peasant farmers claiming payment for the affects, without receiving any redress.

The peasant farmers set up a larger organisation and their petitions extended to the provision of drinking water to their communities, a development plan for the area and the restoration of the expropriated land. After one year of the more formal organisation, the Mazahuas women took control and became the image of the movement and achieved, through the different acts of non-violent protest, various water supply systems for their communities, some greenhouses around which they created production cooperatives, the restitution of the land and the payment for the affects to the farming land. The Mazahuas movement was recognised by many other social movements, such as environmental, women, indigenous and water-related movements.

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Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia / Diputación Foral de Bizkaia

Eusko Jaurlaritza / Gobierno Vasco