Sou Digna donors give local people the tools they need to implement their own solutions. Given the resources that exist in Brazil, our investment now in programs that address inequality can fundamentally change the opportunities for women in the future to be able to provide for their families with the type of dignity that we take for granted.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Slavery and colonialism left African-Brazilian women living in a state of oppression with few opportunities to break out of poverty. Brazil is one of the most unequal countries in the world with most African descent people living in poverty. 43% of women have suffered from domestic violence, and poor people lack access to education. Sou Digna gives women access to education and work while providing them with basic services and tools to navigate the violence and oppression all around them.
How will this project solve this problem?
Local women can solve the problem of access to mainstream society if given the resources to do so. Sou Digna supports an organization of local women as they provide training for women in technology and income-generating crafts, as well as university entrance education for women seeking post-secondary education. Recognizing that impoverished women need basic support as they retool, Sou Digna also provides meals and citizenship training on violence, parenting, life skills and rights.
Potential Long Term Impact
Sou Digna was founded to shift the balance of power so that poor women achieve access to basic rights. Sou Digna will educate 210 women in 2012, giving them access to education and fair wage work that will allow them to provide for their families and work for better conditions within their communities. It will provide a safe center in which women and local agencies from across the city can come together and implement programs that reach diverse neighborhoods across the city.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.