An article by Charo Rojas, Marilyn Machado, Patricia Botero and Arturo Escobar charts the cumulative processes that have infringed the rights of Afro-descendant populations and destroyed their territories. These processes, they say, are of such magnitude that they may be regarded as crimes against humanity, ecocide and ethnocide. The defence of ancestral territories clashes head-on with the one-dimensional, neocolonial, capitalist and Eurocentric notion of individual ownership of land as the economic means of production and exploitation. Women have been the key factor in this resistance. Many of them have shed their blood on the land they defended in order to create hope for a decent life for their children.
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