Joenia Wapichana: Brazil's first indigenous woman voted to Congress

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Joenia Wapichana: Brazil's first indigenous woman voted to Congress

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Sao Paulo - Joenia Wapichana never thought she would get into politics.

The 43-year-old indigenous lawyer also never imagined she'd make history, not just once but on three occasions.

But when she saw an "extreme, urgent necessity" to protect the rights of her community, she knew she had to take action.

Last Sunday, Wapichana became the first indigenous woman to be elected to Congress. Ten years ago she was the first indigenous lawyer to speak in front of the Supreme Federal Court and more than a decade before that she became the first indigenous person to graduate from law school in the country.

Click here to read the full article published by Aljazeera on 13 October 2018.

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