Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: workers’ rights

May 13, 2013, 125 years since the abolition of slavery, but today 8 of 10 people working in conditions analogous to slavery are of African descent


Note from BW of Brazil: Today, May 13th, marks the 125th year of the abolition of slavery in Brazil which lasted about 350 years until 1888. The country that would become … Continue reading

May 13, 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

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

Nannies and maids: relations that perpetuate racism and sexism


Note from BW of Brazil: With the recent passage of the new law that expands the rights of maids in Brazil, the web is full of stories and essays that highlight the relations … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Brazil has most maids of any country in the world; a legacy of slavery, oppression and social inequality, middle and upper classes want to keep it that way


While the film The Help may have brought back memories of paternalistic, oppressive relationships in the recent past of the US, domestic service in Brazil continues to be a widespread facet of … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 4 Comments