Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

The lowest paid with highest rates of unemployment, controversial labor reform worsens situation of black women in the labor market


Note from BW of Brazil: As Brazilians are surely seeing now, they got far more than what they bargained for when millions to the streets over the past few years … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Across the nation, Brazilians take to the streets in a general strike against President’s reforms that threaten basic workers’ rights, retirement and Constitution


Note from BW of Brazil: If you haven’t heard by now, millions of Brazilians are outraged with the sweeping reforms that President Michel Temer’s administration is implementing. These reforms could … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

“The black consumer wants something with which to identify herself” – An African-styled wedding? Sisters of Matamba Institute offer services with Afro theme


Note from BW of Brazil: We’ve been seeing some very exciting developments in  recent years  focused on black identity, African ancestry and concepts of community. We’ve seen the rise of … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Caught with Pine Sol and bleach, in 2013 Rafael Braga was arrested during protests; now due to apparent police framing, he has been sentenced to 11 years on drug dealing charges; solidarity protests ensue


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s a case that dates back to 2013 during the headline-making protests that rocked Brazil. It’s a case that I’ve followed since first becoming aware … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Young black woman is a victim of racism and has her turban ripped off of her head at a Civil Engineering graduation party


Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s face it. We’ve seen enough cases of both racism and sexism to know that Brazil has plenty of both. Regardless of how much people … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Only in a highly unequal society do people serve others 24 hours a day”: In the capital city region, study shows that 80% of maids are black


Note from BW of Brazil: With reports such as this is there any wonder so many Afro-Brazilian women are calling for a change in  the public image of black women? … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

“On the street how do you spot a thief? First you look at the color”: Rio university professor connects criminality to skin color in front of class


Note from BW of Brazil: I have to admit, even after 17 years studying how racism and racial discrimination functions in Brazil, every now and then I’m still caught off … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 2 Comments