Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Miyela Riascos – In Defense of Ancestral Lands: Afro-Colombian Women Resist U.S. Militarization and the War on Drugs

Thursday, October 4, 2018

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

Miyela Riascos is a Colombian ethno-educator and anthropologist who works with various social organizations and victims’ groups in the area of territorial and human rights, peace and environmental education, and community organizing. She had to flee her territory 17 years ago due to the threat of armed paramilitary groups in the rural areas near Buenaventura (Anchicayá River) and knows the situation of internally displaced persons in Buenaventura from personal experience.

Miyela is an organizer of the Buenaventura Committee for the Civil Strike to Live in Peace and Dignity. She is also a spokeswoman representative in the negotiations that were achieved with the Colombian government regarding equitable distribution of the state’s health care resources.

Miyela is also the co-founder of the ARIBI Socio-Environmental Foundation which supports the organizing processes of local Afro-Colombian communities dedicated to the implementation of sustainable development.

Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. WFP’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.