Maria Leusa Cosme Kaba
Munduruku women’s leader
Maria Leusa Cosme Kaba

Maria Leusa Kaba Munduruku, age 33, is the chief leader of the warriors of the Munduruku people of the Upper Tapajós, mother of five and grandmother of a grandson, and defender of rights. She was  the coordinator of the Munduruku Ipereğ Ayũ movement from 2015 to 2017. In 2015, Maria Leusa went to Paris to receive, on behalf of her people, the UN Equator Prize, which recognizes the Munduruku’s role against hydroelectric plants as “an outstandingly successful action in promoting sustainable solutions”. In early 2018, she collaborated with the foundation and served as an adviser to the Munduruku Wakoborun Women’s Association. She has been fighting for the defense of the territory for years and is collaborating for the self-demarcation of Munduruku territories.