Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

As the dispute over land rights heats up, eight quilombola (maroon society) inhabitants have recently been murdered in the state of Bahia


Note from BW of Brazil: The situation involving quilombo territories something we should be paying close attention to. In case you’re not familiar with quilombos and quilombos and their importance in … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Not one less quilombo!”: On August 16th, the future of millions of quilombolas (maroon society inhabitants) will be decided in the Federal Supreme Court


Note from BW of Brazil: This coming week, Brazil’s Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal) will make a decisionn that will affect the lives of tens of thousands of Brazilians. They … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brazilian government threatens the land rights of quilombolas; inhabitants are descendants of fugitive slave communities protected by Constitution


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s been a while since I approached this topic and now more than ever, we must inform the world of what’s happening to black Brazilians … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

In the southern state of Paraná, a descendant of a quilombo, communities established by fugitives escaping slavery, becomes the first to earn a Ph.D


Note from BW of Brazil: The history of the quilombo is an important piece in the struggle of Afro-Brazilians. These independent communities were established by fugitives escaping the cruelty and … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Black She-roes: Author Jarid Arraes brings black female representation in her book about legendary black freedom fighter Dandara of Palmares


Note from BW of Brazil: As we all know, black representation in any genre is an ongoing struggle. Even more so if we consider only black women. As an example … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 5 Comments

November is the Month of Black Consciousness, but where are the black heroes in the history of Brazil?


Note from BW of Brazil: As another Month of Black Consciousness winds down in Brazil, we must as always approach a very fundamental question: Where are the black heroes in … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 5 Comments

Separated from her family at the age of 5 to work as a maid in perpetual slavery, Josefina Serra is now a lawyer in the nation’s capital


  Note from BW of Brazil: The following story of struggle in the life of an Afro-Brazilian woman is very common. It’s always great to see when people overcome what … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 4 Comments