Brazilian Women’s Spring: the Fight Against Gender-based Violence


By Sabrina Fantoni

2015 was a year of tremendous environmental, political and economic cost for Brazil; Latin America’s largest economy faced its biggest environmental disaster to date, the potential impeachment of a democratically elected president, and the most significant currency devaluation in decades. Nevertheless, in spite of such turmoil, Brazilian society began challenging old paradigms that have been intrinsic to the country’s culture, namely sexism and misogyny. While 2015 was turbulent in many aspects, women were in the spotlight, transforming their harsh reality. By fiercely ensuring and fighting for their civil rights, women became one of the most important advocates for cultural transformation in Brazil.

Primarily through social media women have found effective ways to defy rape culture and challenge the status quo surrounding sexuality. Founded by journalist Juliana de Faria  in 2013, the NGO Think Olga is a feminist initiative that engages men and women to debate gender…

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