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Category Archives: Luiza Bairros

For Brazil’s Minister of Racial Equality, the figure of Mandela is used to try to disguise racism in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: As the world continues to pay its respects to former South African President and human rights icon, Nelson Mandela, Luiza Bairros, the Minister of the … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

July 25th is the International Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Women’s Day: Black Women of Brazil raise their voices, call for struggle and unity against racist and sexist oppression


Note from BW of Brazil: Today, July 25th, is a day to celebrate the unique experiences of black women in Latin America and Caribbean. Although International Women’s Day is celebrated … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

After historic demonstrations, Brazil’s president meets with 19 black organizations to discuss policies to advance racial equality


Note from BW of Brazil: After the massive protests that took Brazil’s leaders by surprise in June, and a subsequent drop in approval ratings, President Dilma Rouseff has been meeting … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ordinances for funding of black cultural projects struck down by judge; Minister of Culture calls decision “racist”. Ordinances valued at US$4.5 million


Note from BW of Brazil: In yet another example of Brazil’s willingness to maintain racial inequality and an unequal representation, a judge strikes down an ordinance that would have funded black cultural production projects. … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

New film, Raça (race), presents blacks as the central theme in the fight for racial equality and makes history in Brazilian cinema


Film produced by Joel Zito Araújo is in theaters all over Brazil. (See trailer, with English subtitles and a description at bottom of article) Please see the blog’s original coverage … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Minister of Policies to Promote Racial Equality says it’s necessary to change the image of black women in the media


Note from BW of Brazil: Yesterday there was another in an ongoing series of discussions and seminars in regards to the necessity of creating policies that help to change the … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The first “Black Women Tell Your Story Awards” honors writers bringing visibility to the experience and struggle of black Brazilian women


Note from BW of Brazil: Following up on a story presented here back in January, on April 23, the first “Black Women Tell Your Story Awards” took place in the … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

“Black Women Tell Your Story” Award selects the best essays on the trajectory of Afro-Brazilian women


Concurso/Prêmio Mulheres Negras contam sua História   The best five compositions will be awarded R$5,000 (US$2,500), and the five candidates selected in the Essay category will receive R$10,000 (US$5,000). Applications … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

From 2002-2010, 272,422 Afro-Brazilians murdered: Numbers equal to a country at war – Rates rise for blacks while falling for whites


While the homicide rate of whites in the country fell 24.8% from 2002 to 2010, that of the the black population grew by 5.6% in the same period. In 2002, … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

As preparation for 2016 Olympics continue, Brazil continues to deal with its slavery past


Facing up … the ethnic make-up of Brazil’s population has long been glossed over.  by Nicolas Bourcier Groundworks for the 2016 Olympics bring questions of ethnicity to the surface Just … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Brazilian government wants to combat racism in health services rendered to Afro-Brazilians through its national health care system


Minister of Health Alexandre Padilha (far right) and Minister of Racial Equality Luiza Bairros (3rd from left)  Government held an event in Brasília to define health policies for blacks The … Continue reading

November 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Minister predicts that new Quota Law will increase the number of black students entering Brazilian federal universities from 8,700 to 56,000 per year


Luiza Bairros, Minister of the Secretariat for Policies to Promote Racial Equality   by Luana Lourenço of Agência Brasil   The minister of Seppir (Secretariat for Policies to Promote Racial … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

In one Brazilian state, reports of racism grow by 9.3%; expert says racism "happens almost everyday" but victims "suffer in silence"


Fátima da Silva denounced an episode of racism that happened to her daughter in a private school.  She received books from the campaign “For a Childhood Without Racism” The battle … Continue reading

July 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

In one Brazilian state, reports of racism grow by 9.3%; expert says racism "happens almost everyday" but victims "suffer in silence"


Fátima da Silva denounced an episode of racism that happened to her daughter in a private school.  She received books from the campaign “For a Childhood Without Racism” The battle … Continue reading

July 24, 2012 · 2 Comments
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