Consistent with this declaration, the Congress elected a new leadership council to serve for a 3-year term. For the first time ever, a woman was elected to the important position of vice president. The new vice president, Isabel Wisum, is also a Community Maternal Health Promoter with Pachamama Alliance’s Jungle Mamas program. She was part of the first and original Jungle Mamas group that started in 2006. Electing a woman into for a leadership position with NAE marks a significant shift in the roles of women in Achuar society. Women historically have not held positions of outward-facing authority in Achuar society, but this election shows that women are now stepping into roles where they can be powerful voices for the defense of their territory and culture.
The following are photos from the Congress session: