This International Women’s Day we remember Berta Cáceres, Indigenous leader and environmental defender from the Lenca people of Honduras. Berta’s murder on March 2nd 2016 was directly associated with her campaign in the defence of the Gualcarque river, the site of a proposed dam in Lenca territory.
Join Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership, Stefania Barca, in conversation with Berta’s daughter, Bertha Zuñiga, in order to understand how her work lives on and the continued struggle for justice in the region. Bertha is also a social activist and coordinator of the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH), founded by her mother in 1993. This conversation will be moderated by Grettel Navas Obando, PhD researcher in Environmental Justice at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The event will be in a combination of English and Spanish with interpretation by Azucena Moran.
The tragedy of Berta's murder is not in isolation. In 2019 alone, it is estimated that over 200 environmental defenders were killed as a consequence of their commitment to protect the environment and indigenous lands. Indigenous leaders have been at the forefront of this struggle. How can we make sense of the violence against these earth defenders in a time when their work is all the more relevant to climate and ecological politics?
This event also joins a louder chorus of events this March, which marks 5 years since Berta's murder. We strongly encourage watching the 30min documentary 'Berta Vive' in advance, to give context for the discussion. The Honduran filmmaker Katia Lara has generously made this available for attendees, with subtitles in English, Spanish, French and more. The film has won several awards including special mention at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Use the code 'BERTAVIVE_2016' to view the film.
Follow the conversation and demand for justice at #JusticeForBerta and #5AñosJuntoABerta.