[Brazil] Joyce Does It Her Way

[Brazil] Joyce Does It Her Way

Joe Nocera – New York Times – Thursday, 25 February 2014 (originally published 17 Feb) I’d like to tell you a story about a Brazilian musician you’ve probably never heard of. Her name is Joyce Moreno; she is 66 and has been singing and composing professionally for 47 years, during which time she has made […]

Women empowered by Brazil’s family grant scheme

Women empowered by Brazil’s family grant scheme

Jonathan Watts – Star – 07 January 2014 (originally published 03 Jan) The Bolsa Familia (Family Grant) poverty relief programme gives women in Brazil greater freedom and independence. MARIA da Paz and her three daughters live high on the slopes of Rocinha, just beyond the boundary line between Rio de Janeiro’s biggest favela and the […]

[Brazil] Mirror, Mirror – Who Is that Woman on TV?

[Brazil] Mirror, Mirror – Who Is that Woman on TV?

Fabiana Frayssinet – IPS – Monday, 28 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct) RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 21 2013 (IPS) – Carla Vilas Boas is of mixed-race descent – African, European and indigenous – like a majority of the population of Brazil. But she spends hours straightening her hair, trying to look more like the […]

Activists denounce rural violence against Brazil women

Activists denounce rural violence against Brazil women

Agence France-Presse – Global Post – Tuesday, 05 March 2013 (originally published 21 Feb) More than 3,000 female farm workers from around Brazil marched in Brasilia Thursday to demand an end to rural violence against women and measures to assist them. “Violence against women in rural areas is a silent reality. We know it exists […]

New Feminism Tears Down Walls in Brazil

New Feminism Tears Down Walls in Brazil

Fabiana Frayssinet – IPS – 04 January 2013 RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 4 2013 (IPS) – Anarkia Boladona has turned the streets of Brazil into billboards against domestic violence. As a self-titled feminist political graffiti artist, she represents a new trend in women’s rights that seeks less academic and more daring and popular avenues of […]

The feminine face of poverty

The feminine face of poverty

Helena Dalli – Times of Malta – Wednesday, 4 April 2012 (originally published 2 April) Dom Hélder Câmara, who tirelessly worked with the poorest in Brazil and for this was known as the bishop of the slums, is often quoted for when he said: “When I give to the poor, they call me a saint. […]

Rousseff Increases Brazilian Women’s Property Rights in Divorces

Rousseff Increases Brazilian Women’s Property Rights in Divorces

Carla Simoes and Andre Soliani – Bloomberg – Tuesday, 13 March 2012 (originally published 08 Mar) Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, the first woman to head the world’s sixth-biggest economy, plans to increase women’s property rights in cases of divorce to mark International Women’s Day. Women who earn as much as 1,866 reais ($1,060) a month […]

Brazilian Women Rise Above the Waters

Brazilian Women Rise Above the Waters

Fabiana Frayssinet – IPS – Friday, 09 September 2011 (originally published 01 Sept) SÃO GONÇALO, Brazil, Sept 1, 2011 (IPS) – Almost a year and a half after floods wreaked havoc in a large part of the state of Rio de Janeiro, a group of women are struggling to rebuild their lives. They lost everything […]

Brazil inaugurates first female president

Brazil inaugurates first female president

Helena de Moura – CNN – Tuesday, 4 January, 2011 (originally published 2 Jan) (CNN) –– Brazil’s first female president was sworn in Saturday amid cheers and tears from supporters, many of whom followed her rise from freedom fighter brutally persecuted by the country’s military junta in the 1960s to head of state. The world […]