Stand Against Racism: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Brazil

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Stand Against Racism: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Brazil

September 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
YWCA Greater Green Bay
230 South Madison Street Green Bay WI 54301
Kristina Shelton
920-432-5581 x167

Struggle for Women’s Rights in Brazil

The historic Brazilian “stand against racism” was revolutionary when clearly articulated in 1933 and continues today as a powerful refutation of Aryan race theory which powered Nazi Germany. While race is not a problem in Brazil, the struggle for rights of women, especially domestic violence toward women, has found success with the passage of the Maria da Penha Law.

  • Dr. David Littig, UWGB Emeritus Professor and High School graduate from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Sylvia Garrido, native of Rio de Janeiro and ten-year resident of Green Bay will present fascinating explorations of these issues in the context of the Brazilian culture and social development.
  • Professor Littig will provide a brief background to the patterns of immigration and how they shaped cultural, race relations and attitudes towards women.
  • Sylvia Garrido will discuss the culture of femicide and recent success of Maria da Penha, leading advocate for women rights, particularly against domestic violence. The struggle for the rights of women in Brazil extend beyond the home to violence on the streets. Last year, Marielle Franco, a politician, feminist, and human rights activist was assassinated by two former police officers.

Please join us for the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism series held monthly from 12:00 – 1:00. Feel free to bring your own lunch.