Tarcila Rivera Zea is one of the most recognized indigenous activists in Peru and the world.
For more than 25 years she has been upholding indigenous rights through her organization, CHIRAPAQ, and her involvement in other networks and institutions.
She has received awards from UNICEF, Ford Foundation, Sacred Fire Foundation, and Peru’s Ministry of Culture for her remarkable career and valued contributions to the promotion and advocacy for indigenous cultures and rights.
She was a member of the Global Advisory Committee of the Civil Society of UN Women and was an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the period 2017 – 2019.
She is the founder and president of CHIRAPAQ, Centre for Indigenous Cultures of Peru, an association that promotes the assertion of cultural identity and capacity-building for indigenous women and youth as leaders, many of whom now hold public positions in their communities and local governments.
Ms Rivera Zea is also a founder of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA) and the International Forum of Indigenous Women (FIMI), organizations that promote the leadership and political participation of millions of indigenous women across the globe.