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Country Brazil

February 08, 2014



A Women’s International Center will honor the waste picker Maria Monica da Silva with the Living Legacy Prize on February 22, for her work promoting environmental justice and support of inclusive recycling in São Paulo, Brazil; Monica was nominated for the prize by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and by Other Worlds Are Possible. A Women’s International Center is a non-profit organization of 30 years, that works in several countries and honors, incentivizes, celebrates, and educates women. Maria Monica da Silva is a waste picker and representative of the National Brazilian Movement of Waste Pickers (MNCR) in the industrial “ABCD region” of São Paulo and has been fighting with another woman activist the Diadema and São Bernardo do Campo municipalities against the construction of an incineration plant in the region. Besides having negative impacts on the environment and human health, incineration causes the social exclusion of waste pickers and an entire chain of workers that depends on recyclable materials. See the original article in Portuguese