Location São Paulo, SP
Grantee 2019
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

Escola de Moda Alternativa

Education and professional training for justice-involved girls and presently and formerly-incarcerated women

Brazil ranks 4th in the world in the number of women behind bars. According to Daap/FGV, 62% of the charges are related to drug dealing. The lack of policies towards professional training for these women leads to high levels of recidivism. Upon leaving prison, many women have neither a support network, nor sufficient skills to find jobs in the marketplace. In addition, there are few companies that are willing to hire former convicts. Therefore, IPEA estimates that one in every four women released will return to crime.

Passarela Alternativa strives to reintegrate these women into society. The organization provides professional training and teaches these women self-awareness in order for them to be self-reliant and financially independent. The project will enable women to fulfill their sentences while taking vocational courses in fashion to enable them to return to the job market or open their own business when they are released.

With support from BrazilFoundation, the association will:

• Provide professional courses in sewing, design, printing and basic entrepreneurship for 180 women and youths;
• Orient and refer participants to the job market;
• Support those who want to open businesses;
• Hold a fashion show, as a way to promote self-esteem.


Promoting autonomy for formerly incarcerated women
Enabling women to become entrepreneurs
Fashion as a path back into society

“The objective is the inclusion and ‘resocialization’ of incarcerated women and girls in order to reduce mass incarceration and promote a fairer justice system.”

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