Event: Remembering Berta Cáceres, 8 March

Dear friends,

We are forwarding information (below) about an 8 March International Women’s Day event 3-4.30pm (UK time) in memory of Berta Cáceres. Her daughter Bertha Zuñiga Cáceres will be speaking. Please share and circulate with your networks, thank you.

Global Women’s Strike

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 Cáceres, 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, PhD researcher in Environmental Justice at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Registration for the Zoom event is free and open to all but should be made in advance here. The webinar will be limited to 500 participants. However, a livestream of the event will also be aired on Facebook Live without need to sign up.

You can follow the conversation and demand for justice at #JusticeForBerta and #5AñosJuntoABerta. Find out more about Zennström Climate Change Leadership here

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 and Indigenous women leaders in particular 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? What can we learn, from their stories, about the post-carbon transition?

This event also joins a louder chorus of voices and events this March, which marks 5 years since the murder of Berta Cáceres. We strongly encourage watching the 30min documentary ‘Berta Vive’ in advance, to give context for the discussion. The documentary is freely available with subtitles in English, Spanish, French and more. Please use the code ‘BERTAVIVE_2016’ to view the film. https://vimeo.com/229310580.  You can follow the conversation and demand for justice at #JusticeForBerta and #5AñosJuntoABerta.