Maria do Espírito Santo e Silva Tribute

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In 2014, Justiça Global chose to create an award to recognize and value the work of women human rights defenders, who face violence based on their gender and because of their work. The tribute is named after Maria do Espírito Santo, a member of an extractive community and trade unionist from Nova Ipixuna, state of Pará. Maria and her partner, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva, were murdered in 2011 in an ambush by loggers and land grabbers.

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