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I started my journey as a human rights defender as a student activist in the University of the Philippines Cebu College and right after college I did a research for Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) on the “Condition of the Right to Food, Housing and Means of Subsistence of Peasants and Indigenous People in the Province of Bukidnon, Mindanao. I stayed with TFDP for 3 years doing human rights education and documentation of HR violations before I joined KAISAHAN, an organization that works on agrarian reform and other land tenurial issues faced by peasants.
In 2012, I became one of the pioneer sisters of LILAK Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights. LILAK is a collective of feminists, women’s rights activists , human rights advocates and indigenous women who are working together in solidarity with the struggle of indigenous women. We provide platforms for indigenous women human rights defenders to develop their leadership capacity and enhance critical tools of analysis and skills in their struggles on land and natural resources.
Particularly I handle the Capacity Development Program and also leads LILAK’s task on the Women and Mining Working Group for Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance Against Mining) where LILAK is a member. Gender Impact Assessment is one of the main activities that we do for ATM.