Sônia Guajajara, the first indigenous woman
running for the Vice-Presidency of Brazil
In the Brazilian national elections of 2018, Sonia Guajajara, indigenous from the Guajajara people from the state of Maranhão in Brazil, became the first indigenous woman to compete for the vice presidency of the country, along with his running partner and aspiring president, Guilherme Boulos.
After the victory of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, whose campaign was characterised by constant threats and attacks against the indigenous communities, Sonia’s struggle continues as a defender of their rights and representative of more than three hundred indigenous peoples through the APIB (Asociação dos Povos Indigenous people of Brazil). The 44-year-old indigenous leader took her claims to the other side of the ocean to ask the EU to apply trade sanctions to Brazil, with the aim of preventing an ecological disaster.
The countdown is underway for the Brazilian natives. Last January 1st the man that promised that the natives will not have an inch of land and plans to liberate the exploitation of the Amazon, assumed the presidency of Brazil.