United Nations Region : LATIN AMERICA / CARIBBEAN
Tarcila Rivera Zea,
Tarcila Rivera Zea is one of the most recognized indigenous activists in Peru and the world. She has served as member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the 2017-2019 period and has received several awards from Ford Foundation, Sacred Fire Foundation, among others. For more than 30 years she has been defending indigenous rights through her organization CHIRAPAQ, and her involvement in other networks and institutions. She is the founder of CHIRAPAQ, Center for Indigenous Cultures of Peru, an association that promotes the affirmation of cultural identity and the formation of indigenous women and young indigenous leaders. Mrs. Rivera Zea is also founder of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA) and the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), networks that foster leadership and political participation of indigenous women around the globe.