Blogueiras Feministas (“Feminist Bloggers”) began as an online discussion group in 2010 and has grown to a highly visible blog with more than 1,000 bloggers, digital activists, and journalists contributing. It has become a common platform for participants to discussion feminist issues that lack visibility in the mainstream media. The group is currently working to combat the stigma surrounding abortion in Brazil, and build public support for abortion rights through both online and offline advocacy.
The Blogueiras Feministas aim to expand the discussion on feminism, in all of its diversity and nuances. The Blogueiras Feministas come from different regions across Brazil and have vastly different life experiences. As feminists, they wish to reflect on issues surrounding the formation of a more just and equal world for all people.
Abortion is illegal in Brazil except in cases of rape, to save the life of the woman, or an inviable fetus (including fetal anencephaly). Despite these exceptions, women in need of an abortion face many barriers to accessing safe abortion services: an estimated 800,000 to 1 million abortions are performed every year in the country, a vast majority considered unsafe.
In this predominantly Catholic—but increasingly Evangelical—country, abortion is highly stigmatized: 65 percent of Brazilians support the current law as it stands, and another 18 percent support a total abortion ban.
With IWHC's support, Blogueiras Feministas has been working to advance the debate over abortion rights by depoliticizing the issue through personal experiences and narratives. A separate blog, Somos Todas Clandestinas ("We are all Clandestine") and video feature personal stories about abortion. The Blogueiras plan to expand their reach and influence by greater collaboration with traditional activists in the feminist, pro-choice, and labor movements and diversifying the blog with Afro-Brazilian, indigenous and rural women's voices.