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“You are just a woman”

Carmen Mejía walks two hours to work everyday. She works for an organization currently under attack for its support of indigenous communities affected by the Canadian-owned Goldcorp Marlin gold and silver open-pit mine located in the Western Guatemalan highlands.

The 25 year old daughter of campesinos and mother of a five year old learned about the dangers of mining from a friend when she was studying to be secretary. Today, she passes along this knowledge but she says, “we are not heard because we are women, we are indigenous and we are campesinas.” She says women are never consulted and in some cases it is their inherited land that is being sold by their husbands for the mine.

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