Named one of the 100 most Influential People 2022
I was opportune to have captured some lovely portraits of one of the most Influential people in the world, an Indigenous Brazilian Activist and Politician
WHO IS SONIA GUAJAJARA?
Sônia Bone de Souza Silva Santos OMC (born 6 March 1974), usually known as Sônia Guajajara, is a Brazilian indigenous activist, environmentalist, and politician. A member of the leftist Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), she was initially a candidate for President of Brazil in the 2018 election, before being chosen as the vice presidential running mate of nominee Guilherme Boulos. This made her the first indigenous person to run for a federal executive position in Brazil. In 2022, Sônia was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.
Sônia Guajajara’s parents couldn’t read and had to leave home at the very age of 10. Despite the challenges, she defied the norms and managed to graduate university. From an early age, she fought forces that have been trying to exterminate her community’s roots for over 500 years. Sonia resisted and she continues to resist today: against machismo, as a woman and a feminist; against the massacre of Indigenous peoples, as an activist; and against neoliberalism, as a socialist. In 2018, she became the first Indigenous woman to appear on a presidential ticket in Brazil. Today, as executive coordinator of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, Sônia Guajajara is on the front line of the fight against the Bolsonaro government’s attempt to destroy Indigenous lands, along with the Amazon rain forest. Her work ranges from attending COP26—which created a $1.7 billion fund for Indigenous peoples and local communities recognizing their essential work protecting land and forests from degradation—to recent months when she led thousands-strong protests, bringing together hundreds of Indigenous ethnic groups, which have helped to stall a “death package” of anti-Indigenous legislation. She has also brought national attention to the trampling of Indigenous rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sônia is an inspiration, not just for me, but for millions of Brazilians who dream of a country that settles its debts with its past and finally welcomes the future.
Photographed by: Leonard Okpor (Mindsetter)
Outfit by: Julio Cesar
info Source: Wikipedia and Time Magazine
100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE 2022
Her impact has been greatly recognised on a global scale and obviously shown to the world as she has been a major player in the front line of all political and environmental activites of the Brazilian people. Others on the List includes but not limited to the following. Volodymyr Zelensky, Joe Biden, Bill Gate, Keanu Reeves Pete Davison, Andrew Garfield, Zoe Kravites, Zendaya, and many more.
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