Mangroves are a source of pride and belonging for women on Brazil’s Amazon coast.
Mothers of the Mangroves is a four-part video series that explores the fundamental roles many women play as coastal guardians in northern Pará state, nurturing and protecting the ecosystem that supports their lives and livelihoods and helps mitigate our global climate crisis. It is a call to action to conserve this precious resource before it’s too late.
In this first video, “Roots that Support,” the “marisqueiras” share the community solutions and behavioral shifts they have inspired in their communities.
In this second video, we follow the lives of female fishers in Pará state, which has Brazil’s highest concentration of female fishers (95,000). These women show us what it takes to conserve and protect their mangroves.
Mangroves preserve marine life and ancestral heritage. In this third video, Enchantments of Tide, we will discover how mangroves support the intangible elements of life: as a place where women weave their memories and life stories, build their identities, connect with the wisdom and traditional knowledge of the ecosystem, and grow a lifelong commitment to caring for their protection.
In the fourth and last video, we see how women, community leaders, collectors, and mothers come together to protect the mangroves and their community network. And we celebrate the Mothers of the Mangrove as the guardians of this invaluable and irreplaceable life support system.
The Mothers of the Mangroves campaign is a partnership among Purpose, Rare, and Confrem and Associations, with support from Ame o Tucunduba, Climainfo, Conservation International, Instituto Manguezal, Instituto Nova Amazônia, Instituto Peabiru, League of Women for the Ocean, Oceana, and Toró.