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2015 Woman of Courage in the News

“I defend the land, defend the water because that is life. I’m not afraid (of) power

companies. Keep fighting,” said Maxima Acuña, UNANIMA’s Woman of Courage for 2015, as she received the Goldman Prize—one of the world’s most important environmental awards. This tiny illiterate woman is described by some as the successor to the martyred Honduran activist Berta Caceres, who received the same award in 2015. Acuña, who lives in the Peruvian mountains, maintains a constant fight for her human rights against Yanacocha mining consortium, which is ruining her land and threatening her home and water. (from BBC World)