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Racism begins at pregnancy: A series of reports addresses the reality of pregnant black women, the main victims of obstetric violence

Note from BW of Brazil: In Brazil, there are certain realities that must be dealt with regardless of how uncomfortable the facts make people feel. For example, it is a … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

21-year old missing woman’s body found. Victim that was nine-months pregnant had the baby ripped from her belly; child still missing

Note from BW of Brazil: Stories such as these are very painful to have to bring to the world. Among various topics that we regularly present here at BW of … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 5 Comments

Why do blacks have less access to health care than whites in Brazil?

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s no secret. The tentacles of racism reach so many areas of society that one would be completely out of touch with reality if they … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

“How are we, Black Women, on International Women’s Day?” – Black Brazilian Women continue preparation of 2015 Black Women’s March!

Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s date, March 8th, always serves as a day of reflection. For on this day, around the world, millions of women celebrate and remember the beauty … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 3 Comments

Health and the black woman: “Invisibility sickens and kills!”

Note from BW of Brazil: The health of black population is a theme that has been at the forefront of many demands of Afro-Brazilian organizations for a number of years. These … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brazil becomes the first country to pay compensation as a result of a maternal death; lawsuit highlights discriminatory practices against black women in health care system

    Note from BW of Brazil: Health, discriminatory practices and unequal access to health care are very important topics that have been featured in a number of posts on … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Violent gang rape scene in soap opera speaks to the social situation of black Brazilian women

BW of Brazil: Today, we’ll be dealing with a controversial scene that was recently shown on a popular TV novela as well as a very sensitive topic. To explore the … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

Black women are victims of more than 60% of the murders of women in Brazil

Note from BW of Brazil: Today, November 25th, is the International Day for the End of Violence Against Women and this post delves into the racial and color aspects of … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 5 Comments

Black and pregnant: even more invisible?

Note from BW of Brazil: The health of black Brazilian women and the black population in general is one of the recurring topics on this blog. Over the years, various … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Black women are ‘stronger’, ‘more resistant to pain’ and other racial stereotypes contribute to unequal medical treatment

Eliane Barbosa da Conceição, researcher: Stereotypes about blacks effect medical treatment If a black woman and a white woman both need emergency obstetric care, the Brazilian physician will choose the … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

"Being black and female is very difficult in Brazil", says Ivone Caetano, first black judge of Rio de Janeiro

The first black judge of Rio de Janeiro, Ivone Caetano Ivone Caetano was the first black woman to become a judge of the Court of Rio de Janeiro 18 years … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Woman dies after attempting clandestine abortion in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro

Note from BW of Brazil: Yet another tragedy because of inadequate, inaccessible health care. The abortion issue is one of contention in Brazil. According to the Brazilian Criminal Code (articles 124, 128, … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Woman in Rio loses her second baby after 8 months of pregnancy; blames it on lack of patient care in two hospitals

BW of Brazil: Yesterday on the blog we featured the miracle survival of a baby that was delivered after only five months of gestation and being born at only 622 … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment