Although IWD is celebrated on March 8th, there are so many women whose work has improved numerous lives throughout the world, some of who are our very own, within the IAM. Throughout the month of March we will feature women from different parts of the world and historical eras to remind us that the women’s movement indeed has deep and long roots. Follow us as we learn together about women who have left a mark on history and society.
IWD 2021 – Transito Amaguana- Ecuador
Kichwa Indigenous rights activist was born in Ecuador to a family of day labourers on a hacienda. She began working on the land herself at the age of seven. Her experience inspired her to become involved in community, socialist and Indigenous organizing. She took part in an agricultural workers strike in Olmedo in 1931, after which government forces destroyed her home and forced her into hiding for the next 15 years. With the help of Dolores Cacuango she co-founded the Indigenous Ecuadorian Federation. She remained active until her death just months shy of her 100th birthday.
This article was originally posted on the IAM Canada website. View the original post here: IWD 2021 – Transito Amaguana- Ecuador