We just uploaded the story of Brazil’s Warrior Women from If Not Us Then Who!.
They are Maria Do Socorro Teheira Lima, Emile De Costa, Maria De Nazare Sousa, Rosa Barbosa De Sousa, Ide Pereisa De Sousa, Helena Dos Santos Salagat, Daniele Coucucuz Nasiemento, Tonilda De Araujo Da Cunha, Maria Helena De Jesus Moura and Maria De Jesus Ferreira Bringelo
The humble babassu palm provides a livelihood for communities of women across North Eastern Brazil. Bread, charcoal, oil and soap are produced from the nut and husk; the surplus is sold on. But production has not always been so peaceful.
The Babassu warriors have battled hard to maintain their way of life. In the face of intimidation and threats from farmers for years, Babassu women have negotiated their own terms; establishing the ‘Free Babassu Law’ in seven states. The law gives landless coconut gatherers rights to collect from palm groves. These inspiring women are now able to plan for the long-term, diversifying their business and securing their future. They fight for their families, their forests and the Amazon as a whole.
Please read their story here.