On this International Women’s Day, we’d like to share with you messages from some of the women who inspire us by working bravely to change the realities for women, girls and communities across Brazil! We’d also like to thank all who are supporting these initiatives, especially the leaders of the Women for Women Campaign.
Bel Santos - IBEAC
São Paulo, SP
"As a black woman, I dream of a day when we're no longer at the bottom of the pyramid...of a day when we no longer need to teach girls how to protect themselves in a world where women are raped. I dream of a future without fear."
Fabienne Lamont, Women for Women Campaign Leader, NY
"I'm honored to have hosted an event for the Women for Women Campaign. I believe in programs that expand education and opportunity, so women can thrive in a more equal society."
Iria de Sá - Associação Florescer
Tartarugalzinho - AP
"Pursuing dreams with determination and awareness of our rights helps us achieve more opportunity. The more we fight and achieve, the more we stretch the boundaries that limit us, and the more we learn that all things are possible. Forward, ladies!"
Julia Rangel Salles - Rede Postinho de Saúde
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
"My dream is for there to no longer be a need for this day to exist. [...] I dream for women to be respected and recognized everyday, and that this brings better conscience and more love to our society."
Lucia Cabral - EDUCAP
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
"Never stop fighting. To be a woman is to resist. We must resist against all of the challenges we face everyday so that we can win our battles."
Rejane de Paula - Women for Women Campaign Chair, Miami
"Women still face many hurdles. But every step towards women's rights, both by the public sector and civil society, helps to overcome them. This is my dream."
Rita Teixeira - MMNEPA
"We mustn't hang our heads or crumble under the challenges. We have to organize ourselves better so that we can reverse the situation which we are in - one without rights or participation."