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Cacique Watatakalu in Paris with AFV: Women for the Amazon event and meeting with young people from Ile-de-France



The Mayor of Paris invited Grand Chief Raoni, the Watatakalu Yawalapiti cacique and the Yabuti and Paxton Metuktire caciques to the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which took place from 10 to 11 December 2023. The AFV took advantage of this opportunity to organise, in partnership with the Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts, a series of meetings with various media and political personalities, including President Emmanuel Macron.




On 13 December, the AFV, in collaboration with the Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts, organised a meeting at the Académie du Climat between Watatakalu and "Elles sont foods", a women's community in the agri-food sector. This was another opportunity for the cacique to share her experience as a women's leader and the importance of indigenous women in preserving the Amazon. The breakfast provided an opportunity for a wide-ranging exchange of views, particularly on the status of women in the gastronomic sector in France.



In partnership with Women for the Amazon and the Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts, the AFV organised a dinner with Watatakalu open only to women to talk about their experiences and the essential role of women in decision-making and peace processes. Nearly 40 women attended. It was an opportunity not only to raise awareness of the indigenous cause among women in key positions in society, but also to initiate discussions on potential new partnerships in Xingu.




As part of the COMEX of Elanova, an institution that brings together French and European players in the rubber industry, on 14 December, the cacique Watatatakalu spoke to a number of business leaders, urging them to change their management methods and corporate strategies so that they are more in line with environmental protection.


Finally, Watatakalu had the opportunity to address the Youth Parliament to engage in a dialogue with the younger generation on the environmental and social dangers that have a direct impact on young people. In front of an audience of 170 young ambassadors, as well as members of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, business representatives and the Secretary of State for Youth, Ms Prisca Thevenot, the Watatakalu chieftain expressed her commitment to a better world in which her own children and future generations can flourish. For her, young people have the power to bring about significant change, and she encouraged them to position themselves as the actors of tomorrow in the promotion of sustainable and equitable practices. Her speech ended with an unequivocal standing ovation from the participants.

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The AFV would like to thank its partner, the Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts. The Alliance for the Preservation of Forests is a group of companies committed to sustainable, traceable and environmentally-friendly raw materials. Our mission is to bring together in a single coalition all the players who make a living from the forest or whose activities have an impact on it, in order to support and invent management and cultivation methods that ensure its sustainable preservation. Convinced that everyone has a role to play in raising awareness and making progress, some forty companies have already joined this initiative, which brings together both large companies and smaller players driven by the same ambition to combat deforestation.


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