Thanks to funding from Global Fund and Catapult we were able to carry out trainings and organizing activities, policy advocacy, and raising awareness for social, racial, and gender equality.
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Thanks to funding from Global Fund and Catapult we were able to carry out trainings and organizing activities, policy advocacy, and raising awareness for social, racial, and gender equality. Beneficiaries were black women, women from traditional communities, and women that have little or no access to information, rights, and public programs. Additional marginalized groups that we included in trainings consist of mostly black women domestic workers, youth, those who practice religions of African origin, and public school students in the state of Paraíba. Thanks to these trainings and our work with other marginalized communities we are beginning to articulate the specific demands of those who most feel the impact of racism and sexism. These demands will be publicized through the march we are planning in 2015 in partnership with sister organizations and other social and racial justice organizations.
The impact of this funding was to strengthen black women's leadership in preparation for the "March of the Black Women Against Racism, Violence and the Good Life" to be held in 2015. In 2014, Bamidelê expanded the discussion of racism and black women.
Risks and challenges
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Brazil are facing many challenges to our sustainability, mainly financial, which has hindered the maintenance and operation of our group. In this context Bamidelê has faced difficulty in carrying out our projects. This was a year of the World Cup and elections in Brazil and that caused some delays in carrying out our activities.
What we’ve learned
We would not change the point of view of the proposal and implementation, given that, in our assessment, this is a project that could be continued, since it was possible to broaden the discussion on race relations, and mobilize youth and women to discuss the issue of race in Paraíba and strengthen the political organization for the defense of the specific agendas of women and youth.
Bamidelê will submit proposals for funding to ensure that political action will take place in Brazil in 2015. It's vital that we reach as many women and black girls, with education and training, mobilize communities, and make the policy agenda as visible as possible before the March day in Paraíba and in Brasilia. We also intend to integrate into the organizational committee of the National Conference on Policies for Women, to insert the demands of black women and join the official delegation.
We were able to remain on budget despite challenges.
Get more information on the planned march. "We march in tribute to our ancestors and in defense of the full citizenship of Brazilian black women" More information: http://2015marchamulheresnegras.com.br
Afro-descendent women must have equal rights and the leadership skills to ensure sustainable, conscientious development in Brazil.
Why we care: Brazil’s rich Afro-descendent culture is in fast decline due to racism and marginalization of traditional communities.
How we’re solving this: Providing Afro-descendent women with leadership training to amplify their abilities to advocate for their communities in social and political policy.
Women are the guardians to traditions and culture in Paraíba, Brazil. Given effective leadership skills and equal rights, they will be able to ensure sustainable development for their country and communities.
Racism is common in Brazil, especially towards traditional communities. Black women within these communities are the poorest, most marginalized and face both race and gender discrimination. For example, a 2005 survey conducted by Brazil’s Special Secretariat for Women’s Policies notes that in northeastern Brazil, white women earned approximately 4.6 times the minimum wage and Black women only earned 1.9 times the minimum wage. Additionally, women in traditional communities rely on their land to support livelihoods in agriculture, traditional medicine and craft making. Afro-descendent women have witnessed their land being stripped from them because they lack power and advocacy skills to lobby for greater representation of their communities in social and political policymaking.
As the keepers of Brazil’s traditional heritage, Afro-descendent women must have equal rights and the leadership skills to ensure sustainable, conscientious development in Brazil. Black Women's Organization of Paraíba (Bamidelê) will conduct 10 workshops in three traditional communities in Paraíba; training a total of 100 women to become community leaders and experts on confronting racism; advocating for the preservation of their cultural heritage; and promoting sustainable local development. Women will learn to campaign for social and political rights at the regional and national levels and become community leaders who are confident in advocating for environmental education and citizenship rights for Afro-descendent women and children.
Bamidelê will also reach another 300 people through two public debates on the effects of economic policy on environment, and two outreach fairs to increase public awareness on the importance of maintaining traditional Afro-descendant culture and reducing discrimination in Brazil.