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Ruby Castaño: 2021 Aurora Humanitarian

Ruby Castaño: 2021 Aurora Humanitarian

Colombian activist Ruby Castaño has been known as one of the main figures of SINTAGRIM (Independent Agricultural Workers Union of Meta), a collective of agricultural workers fighting for their right to dignity. She defends the peasants of her native region of Meta tirelessly, putting her own life at risk. Her colleagues from SINTAGRIM have been the targets of assassination attempts for years, and Ruby is also regularly threatened by the paramilitaries. Today, she continues her struggle as head of a new association, ASOCATDAME (Meta Association for Peasants, Rural Workers and Defenders of the Environment), which fights alongside the local communities for access to land. More than 3,000 people benefited directly from 2021 Aurora Humanitarian Ruby Castaño’s ceaseless advocacy for their land rights. Ruby has survived three assassination attempts.