Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: domestic work

How Brazil’s media keeps black women in their place: silent and in the kitchen


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s post has actually been a long time coming as I’ve been meaning to post it since about August when one of the women over … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

From nightmare to American Dream: Trafficked, exploited Brazilian domestic becomes professor at US university


Maria Natalicía Rocha Tracy: From exploited, trafficked domestic worker to college professor Note from BW of Brazil: The following story is both inspiring but also rooted in the harsh realities of … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

Black girls are the majority of reported cases (67%) of child domestic labor in Brazil


by Carolina Sarres of Agência Brasil Over 93% of children and adolescents involved in domestic work in Brazil are girls – almost twenty percentage points higher than the world average, which is … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Black women take care of white women’s children when no one else is there”: Creuza de Oliveira, president of the domestics union, talks about the importance of Brazil’s new maid law


Note from BW of Brazil: This blog has covered the maid/employer relationship extensively as momentum for the new domestics law continued to grow in anticipation of its passage in what … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sisters create a new business model offering domestic services


Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil simultaneously has the most maids in the world while see sharp declines in the numbers of people working in this profession. According to research by the … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Black Women and Power: We can too!


  Photos: Left to right, top row and bottom row: Benedita da Silva, Federal Deputy and first black woman to serve as governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Célia Sacramento, … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment