Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Dear white “boss”: We know you didn’t mean to come off as a nice “master”, but….: The case of the blond TV host and her black nannies


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s stories such as these are really key for understanding how the racial hierarchy works in a country like Brazil. A few days ago we … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Black girls, aged 10-14, descendants of runaway slave communities, victims of rape; worked as maids in middle-class homes of powerful white elites


Note from BW of Brazil: To say the least, this is quite a disturbing story! These types of reports once again makes one ask if law, order and justice in … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 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

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

“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

Reminiscing about the slavery era: Why the new maids’ law was necessary


Note from BW of Brazil: Much has been written about the new domestics law that extended new rights to the millions of people that work in domestic services in Brazil. … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

In what’s being called an "historic day", new law that secures more workers’ rights for domestic workers starts today in Brazil


Creuza Maria (center), president of the National Federation of Domestic Workers celebrates the new law Federal Deputy Benedita da Silva celebrates new law with Creuza Maria The new law for domestic … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 2 Comments