Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: Luiza Bairros

Law abolishing slavery in Brazil was signed on May 13, 1888; for Afro-Brazilians, it’s no motive of celebration

Note from BW of Brazil: This week, on May 13th, Brazil commemorated the 126th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. For those who don’t know, Brazil imported far more African … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

In response to racism, Brazilian soccer player eats banana thrown at him; the “we are all monkeys” campaign spreads through social media

Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil, Brazil….So, this is how you fight racism? If you haven’t already heard, over the past week throughout Brazil, a “campaign” has sprung up promoted … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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 · 3 Comments

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