Latin America / Gender issues
Indigenous women protect their lands against criminal groups25 May 2022
Indigenous women protect their lands against criminal groups
We interviewed Alessandra Korap, an indigenous activist from the Mundurukú people in Brazil, who highlights the leading role of women in protecting their lands. Alessandra Korap in 2015 broke with tradition, joined the chiefs and protested against the demarcation of her lands and the infrastructure that she considers dangerous for her territories.
“When the populations are not asked for their opinion, that is when the slaughter takes place. So who is to blame for this slaughter? They are the same people that finance the hydroelectric plants, railway companies, mining companies, loggers, prospectors. Mercury itself that is bought illegally and ends up in our soil… Women are getting sick, especially pregnant women, children are getting sick from mercury.