Deep-rooted discrimination lies at the heart of inequalities in Brazil. Based mostly on gender, race, and sexuality, this bias limits millions of peoples’ full inclusion in key institutions including government, the media, higher education. This is especially true for Afro-Brazilians, who make up more than 54 percent of Brazil’s population, yet face overwhelming disadvantages in every aspect of their lives.
Brazil’s traditional peoples also live with extreme social exclusion and under the threat of violence, struggling to protect their territorial rights while land ownership remains largely in the hands of the rich and powerful. To realize a more equitable country, Brazil must acknowledge that profound, longstanding discrimination has allowed inequality to thrive—and then move boldly to confront it.
We believe in putting racial justice at the center of efforts to advance democracy and equality in Brazil. We support the emergence and growth of powerful new voices and narratives in both urban and rural settings, and work to connect them with other social justice leaders, movements, and key institutions. This includes a particular focus on strengthening the leadership of black youth and women from Brazil’s favelas and the urban peripheries.
We work to protect the territorial rights of traditional peoples, including the Quilombolas, and to ensure that their leaders can be active in defending those rights without facing violence or persecution. We support efforts to strengthen traditional peoples’ organizations so they are better positioned to be heard by governments and decision making institutions at all levels—nationally and internationally—and able to access the resources they need. We also work to shift harmful narratives about traditional peoples, black youth, and women.