Black women are at the forefront of this protest in Rio de Janeiro on March 15, 2018, one day after the assassination of city councillor Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes.
Born and raised in the Favela da Maré, Marielle was an activist who fought for the rights of women, single mothers, black people, LGBTQ people, and favela residents in Brazil. She also campaigned against police brutality and extrajudicial killings. After she was murdered, thousands of people took to the streets to call for an independent investigation and demand justice for her death. Activists, academics, and human rights lawyers from around the world echoed this demand. While the crime remains unsolved, Brazil’s Public Security Minister reports evidence police officers were implicated, supporting allegations that Marielle was killed by those who wanted to silence her ideas. In this image, protestors hold signs saying “They Won’t Shut Us Up.”
Bárbara Dias is a photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro, specializing in human rights issues.