For the original article in Marie Claire in Portuguese click here.
Over the past five years anthropologist Walquiria Domingues Leão Rêgo has witnessed a change in behavior in the poorest, and probably most sexist, areas of Brazil. The money provided by the federal income subsidy program Bolsa Família has brought the power of choice to women. They now decide everything from the grocery list to whether to file for divorce.
A revolution is underway. Silent and slow—52 years after the creation of the More >
Negligence by state and local officials has led to deteriorating conditions in Duque de Caxias, a municipality in the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Region just north of Rio itself, only to be brought to a pinnacle of disaster when a tropical storm descended on the region last week. Ongoing issues with waste collection had reached unbearable conditions for citizens when the storm hit. By the time the storm came, 50,000 tons of waste lay on the city’s streets. The intense storm has left areas of the municipality flooded, filled with trash, and uninhabitable.
The federal program’s dwellings are being constructed in peripheral areas without urban mobility, studies show. Click here for original article in Portuguese in O Globo by Alessandra Duarte and Carolina Benevides.
The federal program that became the hallmark of the Dilma government for housing, Minha Casa Minha Vida (My House My Life) is building many of their dwellings in areas without transportation infrastructure. Studies by urban planners indicate that the program reproduces the logic of older conjuntos (“housing estates”), such as Cidade de Deus and Nova Sepetiba, where the poor end up being pushed to locations far from, for example, the supply of jobs—and without a system More >
Residents of São Cristóvão’s First Favela, Barreira do Vasco, seek community oversight, sanitation and electricity improvements–and no evictions–as one of the first favelas to benefit from the Morar Carioca favela upgrading program.
Located next to soccor team Vasco de Gama’s stadium, from which the community takes its name, Barreira do Vasco was the first favela in historic neighborhood São Cristóvão and is one of the first favelas in the city to receive Morar Carioca, Rio’s new favela upgrading program.
Home to over 20,000 residents and an estimated 100 businesses, Barreira do Vasco is a vibrant, low-lying community in the heart of São More >
Like in a country town, the news in Vidigal at first travels in whispers. So it was with the information about the location of the UPP’s (Pacifying Police Unit) new base: “They are saying it will be in the square in Alto.” But it wasn’t until December 11th that the residents’ fears were confirmed: in a meeting at the Residents’ Association for the Village of Vidigal (AMVV), Captain Fabio and Lieutenant Dantas officially announced that the only recreational space in the community would be given up for a police base with an auditorium.
While they hurried to mobilize, contacting the appropriate authorities More >