The ECUARUNARI are the Confederation of the Peoples of the Nationality, Kichwa, of Ecuador, that groups 12 indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian sierra. The Women’s Council of ECUARUNARI has been promoting and working in the defense of Maize and other varieties of seeds that are threatened and about to disappear by transgenics.
Through the School of formation of Líderez Dolores Cacuango, women meet in the communities to discuss issues of national interest that affect them such as: oil extraction and open pit mining; the law of seeds; the water law; the popular consultation. They also teach traditional ways of using seeds and perform healing ceremonies through ancestral knowledge and tradition. In this way, they demonstrate that they are the caretakers of their identity. That is why they say that they are the daughters and children of Maize.