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Hundreds of women from the indigenous Latin American communities Monday urged regional governments to promote public policies that guarantee their right to decide on their bodies and fight to eradicate patriarchy and violence against them.

"We are not viewed as human beings, they consider us a sexual object. Neither the government, nor the Church, nor civil society have the right to decide for us about our bodies," Lourdes Huanca, president of the National Federation of Peasant, Artisan, Indigenous and Paid Women of Peru (Fenmucarinap), told EFE.

It was one of the "strongest and most forceful" petitions in the declaration that they will present to the United Nations Permanent Forum.

The declaration includes the conclusions of the Second Summit of Indigenous Women of Abya Yala, which brought together about 650 women from the indigenous communities of over ten countries in the region for five days in Lima.

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