Born in a village within the Amazon rainforest in the State of Maranhão, Sônia Guajajara is one of the strongest indigenous and environmental leaders in the world today.
She serves as the executive coordinator of the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and has been instrumental in unifying more than 305 ethnicities around an agenda that protects indigenous rights. She is recognized worldwide for her fearless activism and defense of indigenous and environmental rights in the face of pressure from some of the most powerful sectors of Brazilian society. She currently serves as candidate for the co-presidency of the Republic, along with Guilherme Boulos, for the PSOL Party.
A charismatic figure, Guajajara has been the subject of several documentaries and news reports in magazines, newspapers, national and international television. She has received several prizes and honors; among them, the Order of Cultural Merit from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, the 18th of January Medal by the Center for the Promotion of Citizenship and Human Rights Defenders. In 2015, she was awarded the Medal of Honor of the Government of the State of Maranhão for the great articulation with governmental agencies during the period of the fires in the Indigenous Territory of Araribóia.