Founder of Our Partner CFEMEA Named Fellow of WomenChangeMakers

Centro Feminista de Estudos e Asssessoria (CFEMEA), or the Feminist Center for Studies and Advisory Services is a nongovernmental, non-profit organization in Brazil that works for the citizenship of women and gender equality. It fights for a just, democratic society and state in an autonomous and non-partisan way.Founded on feminist thought, CFEMEA actively participates…

IWHC Congratulates Two Colleagues as They Join the Brazilian Government

Two colleagues of IWHC have recently been appointed to important positions within the new Brazilian government, and we couldn’t be more happy for them! Luiza Helena de Bairros, a board member of IWHC partner ELAS Fundo de Investimento Social has been appointed Minister for Racial Equality in Brazil’s new Government.

National Day of Transgender Visibility in Brazil

Tomorrow in Brazil, groups that advocate for the rights of transgender women and men will gather for 41 actions in 22 states during the National Day of Transgender Visibility. I’m glad to see rights groups in Brazil drawing attention to this issue, especially since Brazil has the highest recorded murder rate for trans people in the…

Study Finds That Nearly Every Woman Living with HIV and AIDs in Brazil has Suffered Violence

A new report issued by the non-governmental organization Gestos highlights the disturbing link between HIV/AIDS and violence against women; according to the study, 97.5% of Brazilian women with HIV have suffered some type of violence throughout their lives, with 79.2% of cases occurring before the diagnosis of HIV. The report examines the problem of violence…

Brazilian Youth on Their Experience of Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Comprehensive sexuality education isn’t just about body parts, or condoms, or diseases. It’s also about life skills, confidence, and community. And this kind of engagement can lead not just to healthier and more just lives, but to advocacy work on sexual and reproductive rights and health issues. Our Brazilian partner Grupo Curumim runs a…

Despite Legal Restrictions, Many Brazilian Women Have Abortions

In Brazil, where abortion is illegal under most circumstances, a pioneer domiciliary survey has revealed that one out of seven urban women age 18-39 has had an abortion.  Because of the restrictive laws in Brazil, women who manage to get abortions frequently are subjected to unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Of the approximately 5 million Brazilian women…

Maria Lucia Lopes de Oliveira wins Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life

We are delighted to announce that Maria Lucia Lopes de Oliveira, of IWHC’s Brazilian partner Cunhã Coletivo Feminista, has just won the 2009 Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life. The prize is awarded annually to honor “creative and courageous women and women’s groups around the…

Hoping for Progress: Brazil Supreme Court Will Soon Rule on Abortion Law

In Brazil, abortion is a crime in most circumstances, including when the woman is carrying an anencephalic fetus – a fetus whose brain is undeveloped and will thus die in the uterus or right after birth. As soon as this month, Brazil’s Supreme Court will rule on a case that might decriminalize abortion for cases…

Brazilian Incarcerated Teens Granted Conjugal Visits

On June 2nd, 2009, Brazil’s House of Representatives approved a bill that recognizes the right of incarcerated adolescents to conjugal visits. The bill also allows babies up to three years old to stay with their mothers in the prison facilities. The approval of this bill is a milestone because it is a step to the…

(Video) Abortion Advocacy, Film, and the Brazilian Supreme Court

Recently Denise Hirao, IWHC’s Program Officer for Latin America, interviewed Debora Diniz, IWHC Board member and Executive Director of the Institute on Human Rights and Bioethics (Anis), about abortion in Brazil. DEBORA DINIZ: In 2004, Anis presented a case to the Brazilian Supreme Court. It was a case on an anencephalic pregnancy, which is…