Location São Paulo, SP
Grantee 2015
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

Sementeiras de Direitos

Training Women as Leaders to Combat Domestic Violence in Parelheiros

In Parelheiros, women are the ones who suffer most from violence and rights violations. The Parelheiros region is afflicted by high rates of teen pregnancy, leading many youths to abandon or postpone their studies. Unfortunately these young mothers take out related frustrations on their children. A survey conducted by PUC-RS reveals that mothers are the ones who most hit children, with children three years of age the majority of victims.

IBEAC works with these women to reduce domestic violence and sensitize them about the negative effects of abuse on their children. The Sementeiras de Direitos project will create a support group for at-risk women and pregnant or young mothers where they will have the opportunity to participate in workshops.

With support from BrazilFoundation, IBEAC will:

• Hold workshops for pregnant women, young mothers and others on self-esteem and family ties;
• Offer classes on women’s and children’s rights, gender relations, and diversity rights to district residents;
• Create a group of women called Sementeiras  (“Harvesters”) with resources for the community.


• 50 women and their children directly benefited
• 3,169 residents participating in workshops
• 10,240 registered residents


“Sementeiras de Direitos involves women coming together to discuss caretaking and responsibilities of the mother-child relationship.” Isabel Aparecida dos Santos Mayer, IBEAC coordinator

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