Indigenous Women March
for Their Rights in Brazil
Celebrating victories and decrying injustices, the march was a rallying cry for Indigenous rights.
By Amanda Magnani, YES Magazine, September 20, 2023
The sound of singing and maracas echoes from all sides of the camp as groups of women from all corners of Brazil approach the main tent, where they will gather for the Third March of Indigenous Women.
It is 8 a.m. and the already extremely hot sun in Brasília, the country’s capital, highlights the colours of uncountable different traditional costumes.
The march is part of a 3 day event marked by celebrations and denunciations.
More than 5,000 Indigenous women from all 26 states in Brazil marched 4 km (2.5 miles) toward the National Congress to demand territorial rights and the end of gender-based violence.
This year’s guiding theme, “Women Biomes in Defense of Biodiversity Through Ancestral Roots,” emphasized the presence of Indigenous women in the six biomes of Brazil, which include rainforests, savannas, and semi-deserts.
It also highlighted the crucial role these women play in preserving all of them. For Indigenous women, there is no separation between their territories and their own bodies.
Their dependence on the land for both physical and cultural survival makes them the guardians of the nature that surrounds them.
The Art of Living Foundation’s World Culture Festival, a global event, is coming to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from September 29 to October 1, 2023 to celebrate life and promote global unity.
People from around the world honoring cultural traditions with global music, dance, food with meditation and yoga practices led by Art of Living’s founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
How to register: here.
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