LUCIA BELEN
SALAZAR GOMEZ

Professional volunteer of the citizenship initiative ReciVeci

Latin-American woman, accordionist and ecofeminist. Lawyer from The Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, specialist in human rights and critical legal studies from The Latin-American Council of Social Sciences and student of the specialization in politics of climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services at The Simon Bolivar Andean University. Since her adolescence, Lucia has worked for social and environmentalist movements with focus con human rights, gender and intergenerationality. Her core research is based in political ecology and works as professional volunteer at ReciVeci. Her passion: equality in diversity. Her motto: “sentipensante” a Latin-American way of living known as “feeling-thinking”. 

HER RESEARCH 

My project relates to enhancing women’s role in inclusive recycling as a mitigation measure in Quito. I finished my research at a regional level (Latin America and the Caribe). My general findings were that women interact during the whole chain of value of recycling, due to and depending on intersectional factors, which must be taken into consideration according to economic and social factors locally.

Furthermore, I lobbied with the now Major of Quito while he was an assemblyman; I also met and volunteered independently with the Ecuadorian Coalition of Waste Pickers (RENAREC) and Avina Foundation. I support them, so that Marianella Irigoyen, the current Environmental Secretary of Quito, recruited me as Environmental Policy and Planning Director after recognising my work. While inn the position, we (RENAREC, Avina and the City Major) built the Inclusive Recycling Agreement which lasts for 2 years; its main purpose is to implement policies that include waste pickers, and mainly women, (70% of waste pickers in Quito) by recognizing labor, gender and environmental rights. This is the first step in developing a wider agenda linked to climate change existing alternatives.

MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET.

As a millennial, woman and Latin American lawyer, I am fond of tackling climate change by promoting local alternatives of resilience, adaptation and mitigation, which could be enhanced in national and local policy. Mainly, I arrive to the Women for Climate (W4C) community with a new focus on inclusive recycling, as professional volunteer of the citizenship initiative ReciVeci, which involves the worthy role of women waste pickers.