This week, on their facebook page, Women's March Global have shared the story of the Jarawa people and the outreach campaign to keep them safe.
" Meet Etalay of the Jarawa people.
For our next installment of Season of Love: Celebrating Activism we are sharing the story of an indigenous people threatened by tourism and development in India. Over the course of the week we will share the story of the Jarawa people and their fight to their right to live their life.
The Jarawa are one of the last afro-Asians people of the world. These hunters-gatherers are living in the Andaman Islands, in India, for thousands and thousands of years. According to recent studies, they are believed to have taken part in the very first human migrations from Africa to the rest of the world, some 70,000 years ago. And they first encountered Indian citizens only a decade ago.
Since then, the Andaman islands had become the top touristic destination. Indian government wants to transform the archipelago into the country’s first maritime hub and build the largest port on the Indian ocean in Port Blair, the capital city.
The situation of the Jarawa people has severely deteriorated. Women have been abducted and raped by Indians. They are are also victims of human safaris photos, organised by local tour operators and the Indian army. Yet, it is forbidden to enter their territory, subject to prison sentences.
Sign the petition today so that we can amplify this story and keep working towards ensuring the right of life of the Jarawa people and considering donating to get a code to watch this amazing documentary. "
The Women's March is a non-profit & non-governmental organization which have launched a worldwide protest January 21, 2017, to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women's rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, LGBT rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and workers' rights.