of the Amazon

In the Amazon, women endure various forms of violence that leave scars on both their bodies and spirits when they rise up to combat the illegal exploitation of the forest's natural resources, the invasion of their lands, and the expropriation of their communities.

These defenders represent a group of diverse identities and nationalities, often insufficiently recognized in official records of conflicts in the region, and are frequently rendered invisible through the violent normalization of the aggressions aimed at silencing them.

So deeply normalized that not all women fighting for human rights and environmental protection identify themselves as defenders.

Since 2021, the Igarapé Institute has been striving to acknowledge these women, unveil the violence against them, and contribute to their safety. We have initiated research, training, and protection programs with four defenders from the Brazilian Amazon.

Last year, we broadened the project with the full participation of 14 women from Brazil, Colombia, and Peru leading this work.

Who they are, where they live, the violence they suffer

In this infographic, we present the results of a survey with 287 women from Brazil, Colombia, and Peru who defend the Amazon.

Double Violence Against Women in the Amazon

A region characterized by conflicts, the Amazon records twice the number of cases of violence against women.

How they can protect

In the Guide to Protection for Women Defenders of Human Rights and the Environment in the Amazon, we demonstrate how to carry out a personal risk analysis and propose self-protection and care measures, along with a list of contacts to establish a protection network.

Challenges and recommendations
for the Amazon

In this report, we present the perspective of defenders from the Brazilian Amazon basin, edetailing their experiences and proposals for addressing the region’s conflicts. Central to this issue is the violence they face: the study reveals that between 2012 and 2022, women in the Legal Amazon region who are advocating for environmental and human rights suffered 765 attacks, of which 36 were fatal.

Also, get to know

An immersive experience showing how land grabbing, illegal logging, wildcat mining and the illicit wildlife trade are damaging our climate

To end violence, we need to know its patterns, who are the victims and the perpetrators

The program aims to strengthen public and corporate policies to prevent the destruction of the environment and lives

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