Fellows by Category

Without legally established paternity, 30 percent of Brazil’s children raised by single mothers face lifelong stigma and limited financial means. Marli da Silva promotes the full citizenship and material and affective support of children abandoned by their fathers by supporting single mothers. She is reforming the legal system, changing public perceptions and mobilizing mothers to improve...

In the big cities of Brazil, thousands of social outcasts live in grinding poverty in the slums. In a country where traditional “machismo” gender roles still exert a powerful influence, young women, especially, are trapped without any way to get an education, hold a job, or better their situation. Even worse, women’s status as second-class citizens means that many of these women suffer from...

Alice Freitas has created a direct sales catalog to help informal artisans overcome the challenges of large-scale distribution. By equipping a team of well-trained sales agents with an intimate understanding of the personal histories and social impact behind the products, Alice enables consumers to exercise informed decision-making, and provides a direct communication channel between producers...

Organization: GRUMIN

Eliane Lima dos Santos, otherwise known as Eliane Potiguara, a member of the Potiguara tribe, has organized a nationwide network of indigenous women in an effort to guarantee a better future for Brazil's 220,000 Indians.

Organization: TERRA E COSMOS

Through community radio stations that focus on gender, the environment and sustainable development issues from women's perspectives, Nina Magalhães is creating new job and life opportunities for rural women in Brazil.

Mass communication plays a key role in cementing cultural beliefs about gender and behaviors that may encourage discrimination. Jacira Melo founded the Instituto Patrícia Galvão to join together media and women’s rights organizations so that they could collaborate on issues of gender discrimination, violence towards women and strategies to counteract the male-dominant culture of Brazil. To...

Maria “Zeca” José Rosado Nunes is promoting freedom of choice for Brazilian women concerning their sexuality and reproduction by incorporating religion into the feminist movement. Through Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir (Catholics for the Right to Choose), Zeca is working with Catholic women on the political and historical context of Catholic doctrine; spreading knowledge about this...

Organization: CFEMEA

For more than twenty years, Guacira de Oliveira has played an important role in designing and guaranteeing women’s rights in Brazil’s Constitution. She now works to secure social justice for women by teaching social movements and organizations how to monitor public expenditures, ensuring their resources are used to address priorities.

Organization: Grupo Matizes

Having secured the legal foundation for the human rights of the LGBT community through judicialization, Marinalva is now reinforcing mainstream support of the LGBT community in public life and at home.

Dr. Jose Americo Silva Fontes is a pediatrician specializing in neonatal care from the northeastern city of Salvador. He has invented numerous medical devices that are lifesaving, simple, and affordable. He is now launching a foundation to put the equipment and know how that he has developed to use throughout Brazil and other poor countries.

Organization: Casa de Passagem

Ana Maria Vasconcelos is a lawyer from Recife in Brazil's northeast. After practicing law and being active in the women's movement, she has taken up the neglected and terribly difficult task of finding ways to help the country's street girls.

Organization: Forum Pernambucano de Mulheres

Ana Veloso is helping women in Brazil to identify subtle forms of discrimination and empowers them to demand political change. As a black woman from the country’s Northeast, she aims to bring new faces and perspectives to Brazil’s feminist movement and to communicate the feminist agenda across a wider range of public life.

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