Asociación de Mujeres Saparas de Ecuador


Gloria Ushigua founder and president of ASHIÑWAKA, is a historical Sapara leader. She has dedicated her career to collaborating with women and elders to maintain the Sapara’s language, oral traditions, food sovernigty, and traditional medicine. Due to her efforts, the Sapara Nationality was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on May 18, 2001.

Rosa Dahua is the vice president of ASHIÑWAKA. She belongs to the Andoa indigenous nation but has worked with the Sapara since 2000. She is a nurse by profession and an expert in applying traditional indigenous healing knowledge to western medicinal practices. She is currently working with the Sapara to evaluate how climate change impacts health.

Rosario Ushigua is the leader of women and family. She accompanies abused women and children from Sapara communities report their cases to medical and judicial centers. She assists abuse victims overcome language barriers when reporting their cases to authorities and filling out legal paperwork.

Soraya Ushigua is a communications specialist who has experience running the
Sapara radio station. She currently collaborates with ASNIÑWAKA to lead organizational strengthening workshops for Sapara women.


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