By: Gabriela Yareliz
Today, we mourn the assassination of a great indigenous rights and environmental rights champion and activist, Berta Cáceres.
She is known for her tireless work to bring awareness to important issues. She was co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras and the 2015 winner of the Goldman Prize, the most prestigious grass-roots award dedicated to those working to preserve the environment. She won this award for her work and campaign against the powerful dam builder at Agua Zarca. Her work organized and empowered the Lenca people.
Earlier today, the Honduran activist was shot in her home. She had been receiving threats, and today, her life was cut short.
She worked arduously to help protect lands and territories that belonged to the indigenous community in Honduras. She fought inequality and human rights violations.
Cáceres is a woman who embodies a lot of what I believe makes women so special. She was a woman who loved people, and she worked to better those people’s lives. She worked insatiably, with determination and passion; passion that drove her to continue her work boldly, in what is called the most dangerous country in the world (Honduras). She had the type of passion that burns fear and lights a path for those who follow.
I love the way Amazon Watch paid tribute to her, and I repeat it here: Berta Cáceres rests in power.
5 thoughts on “Women’s Month: Berta Cáceres”
John Dryden told us 500 years ago. Don’t be a martyr. Sometime you have no option. Berta Cáceres lost is a sad one.
The great thing is, as the Mexican proverb says. “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”
It is sad when people with the hope and energy for life and equality is took from us. I lived in Honduras for one year when I served in the Army. Honduras is one of many places. If you raise your voice against the government. It is dangerous..
It’s only through people bold enough to stand in the face of danger that true change ever comes. It’s those who dare that achieve!
Take guts and great heart to stand against a giant. Too bad, more folk won’t.